WEST ORANGE, NJ - Incumbent Michelle Casalino handily won a third term on the West Orange Board of Education tonight and Ron Charles, newcomer, was also elected to fill the seat of departing Board of Education member Paul Petigrow.
As of 10:45 pm, unofficial tallies are as follows:
Michelle Casalino: 6,623
Ron Charles: 5,546
Joe Sorbino -4,126
Adam Kraemer - 3,331
Casalino is a lifelong resident of West Orange who was instrumental in saving the township hundreds of thousands of dollars in budget cuts; initiated district re-registration and has supported district academic initiatives like Everyday Math, Small Learning Communities at WOHS, and academic excellence for athletes via the ASAP program, topped the list of candidates. She gave an impassioned speech regarding community and caring about the children of West Orange.
Charles, who has been involved in the community for years with West Orange PAL, West Orange Rec Wrestling, and his non profit fundraising organization "We Care For All" was excited to join the WOBOE and help meet all the challenges it continues to face.
Out of 27,304 registered voters in West Orange, 18,884 voted today in the elections.
Additionally, West Orange residents voted yes on both proposition 1 and 2. Proposition one addressed:. Do you approve the "Building Our Future Bond Act"? This vote is to approve or reject 750 million dollar in bonds to provide matching grants to NJ Colleges and Universities. West Orange voted 7,271 yes and 3,5,85 Propostion no.2. Do you approve or reject the "Constitutional Amendment Allowing Contributions To Be Taken From Justices' and Judges' Salaries for Their Employee Benefits". West Orange voted 8,254 yes and 2,144 no.