Incumbent Michelle Casalino and Newcomer Ron Charles Elected to West Orange Board of Education

Joe Casalino, Tony Casalino, Michelle Casalino, and Dana Casalino. (Son Anthony is a senior at Muhlenberg College). Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Front L-R: Anthony and Gabriella Charles; Rear: L-R: Ron Jr., Ron, Idalina, and Mike Charles Credits: Cynthia Cumming

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

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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.

For Congress, Arvanites received 6,859 votes and Freylingheusen 3,578 (though Arvanites did not win overall).
For Senate, Bob Menendez received 11,866 votes and Kyrillos received 4,209 votes.  Menendez was named the winner.
Armando Fontoura received 10,770 for County Sheriff and Mendez received 3,671.
Currently in West Orange, President Obama received 13,075 votes and Mitt Romney has received 5,353 votes.
If any figures change, the WoTap will provide them.


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