Thomas Adams, a retired high school teacher, has edged out longtime board member Maureen McNish by more than 200 votes in the Caldwell-West Caldwell school board election, according to unofficial results posted by the Essex County Clerk's Office Tuesday night.
Adams and Getty received 2,739 and 2,652 votes respectively. Incumbent McNish, who was seeking a fourth term, was unable to keep her seat on the Board with 2,506 votes. The three candidates vied for two open seats on the board.
Ann Fahey beat out Dr. Philip Fiore for the Essex Fells seat on the West Essex Regional Schools Board of Education. Fahey received 389 votes and Fiore received 261 votes in the only contested race in the West Essex School Board election.
Maryadele Wojtowicz ran unopposed for the open North Caldwell seat on the West Essex School Board. Wojtowicz will step down from the North Caldwell Board of Education after serving two terms.
Kristin Bachmann ran unopposed for the Fairfield seat on the West Essex School Board after being appointed to fill the unexpired term of Fairfield board member Paul Rando earlier this year.
Jann Skeleton and Marianne Bohrer ran unopposed for two open seats on the North Caldwell School Board. The two will replace Steven Hadley and Maryadele Wojtowicz, who did not seek re-election.
All three school districts in the Caldwells voted earlier this year to move school board elections to the November general election, a change made possible by a new state law. The school board elections remained non-partisan.
There was no vote on school budgets since the new law allows districts to approve a budget without a voter referendum so long as the budget satisfies a mandated 2% cap to the tax levy.
Caldwell-West Caldwell School Board Election ResultsCandidate Votes % Thomas Adams 2,793 35.05 Paula Getty* 2,652 33.28 Maureen McNish* 2,506 31.45
West Essex Regional School Board Election ResultsCandidate Votes % Maryadele Wojtowicz (North Caldwell unopposed) 1,339 99.33 Ann Fahey (Essex Fells) 389 59.75 Dr. Philip Fiore (Essex Fells) 261 40.09 Kristin Bachmann (Fairfield unopposed) 1,304 99.77
North Caldwell School Board Election ResultsCandidate Votes % Jann Skeleton 1,233 49.24 Marianne Bohrer 1,257 50.20
All votes are unofficial results posted by the Essex County Clerk and do not include write-ins.