PISCATAWAY, NJ – While voter turnout was lower than expected, Isaac Peng, Ira Stern and Dr. Atif Nazir successfully defended their seats on the Piscataway School Board.

Tension was high as the candidates waited for the unofficial results to be announced.

“No matter who wins, they have to work with each other,” said Peng, who advocated the candidates run separately this election instead of in teams.

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Board member Dr. Atif Nazir won the most votes for re-election with 2,259, followed by Ira D. Stern with 2,250 and Isaac Peng with 2,093.

Stern expressed his excitement about being re-elected. “This is a good board,” he said. “We didn’t want to see any change in any way substantially. We are working together to tackle the problems and issues that we have including the mandates on testing and the common core.”

Dr. Nazir agreed with Stern’s view of the board’s ability to work each other and with school administrators, teachers and staff.

“Our board is a very functional board,” said Nazir. “We started a lot of initiatives in the curriculum, counseling, and sports, to keep up the morale of the teachers and to mobilize the students. We will keep what we are doing so far because we want to keep the progress going.”

In the race for Township Council-At-Large, Camille Fernicola keeps her seat with 3,423 votes.