WEST CALDWELL, NJ — According to the unofficial election results provided by the Essex County Clerk’s Office, incumbents Marie Lanfrank and Dan Cipoletti will retain their seats on the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education. 

The unofficial results determined that Lanfrank and Cipoletti pulled ahead of opposing candidate Chris Elko to fill the two open seats on the board. Lanfrank received 1,405 votes (39.86 percent) and Cipoletti received 1,176 votes (33.36 percent), and Chris Elko received 892 votes (25.30 percent) in comparison. At the time of this report, the unofficial results indicated that 9 out of 16 districts were accounted for.

“We would like to thank all those who voted for us for the Caldwell West Caldwell Board of Education,” Cipoletti said on behalf of both winners. “We appreciate your confidence in us to do what is in the best interest of the students. During the next three years as board members we will focus on our campaign platforms. Thank you again for believing in us to do what is best for all the students enrolled in the district. We will not disappoint.”

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Lanfrank, a longtime resident of Caldwell, is also a former educator and currently serves as president of the school board.

“It goes without saying that we have a great school system and I want to do my part to ensure that it remains so,” she said during her campaign.

Cipoletti, a 25-year resident of West Caldwell, currently serves as vice president and general manager of Cloud Services at Synchronoss, Inc. He and his wife, Anita, have two daughters who were educated at Caldwell-West Caldwell schools through eighth grade. Kate is currently a senior at Mt. St. Dominic Academy, and Nicole is a freshman at James Caldwell High School.

“I'm disappointed I will not get the chance to directly advocate for our kids, but I'm equally grateful for the opportunity to meet so many people and talk about how our schools can improve,” said Elko. “I am confident that Marie and Dan will continue the fine work they started six years ago, and I look forward to working with them in my role as a parent.”

The results of this election are not considered official until certified by the state. Additionally, mail-in ballots will not be accounted for until later this week.