Updated at 2:19 a.m. Nov. 6
WESTFIELD, NJ — Three incumbents will serve three-year terms on the Board of Education, following Tuesday’s election, according to the results from the Town Clerk's office.
Incumbents Amy Root, J. Brendan Galligan and Michael Bielen secured seats in the race against challengers Andrew Bauer and Patrick Justin Fahey.
“I look forward to building on the good work that the district is doing by collaborating with administration, district staff, and parents,” said Root, who was the top vote-getter. “And I hope to prove myself worthy of the trust that Westfielders have given to me with their vote.”
The challengers’ thoughts on local education discussed in the weeks leading up to the election were not expressed in vain, Galligan said.
“Even though Andrew and Justin didn’t make it to the board, they brought up some great ideas that we’re going to carry forward,” he said. “I look forward to both of them keeping their hats in the running.”
Robert Garrison will serve a two-year unexpired term and Brian Morrissey will serve a one-year unexpired term. Both of their seats were uncontested.
Here's the tally, according to the unofficial results:
Vote for three (three year terms) *denotes incumbent
Amy Root * 3,252
J. Brendan Galligan * 2,672
Michael Bielen* 2,735
Andrew Bauer 2,019
Patrick Justin Fahey 1,820
Vote for one
Robert Garrison * (two-year unexpired term) 3,565
Vote for one
Brian Morrissey * (one-year unexpired term) 3,460
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