Mayor-backed incumbents sweep North Bergen Board of Ed elections

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Claudia Rodriguez

NORTH BERGEN — The “Our Children First” slate swept the North Bergen Board of Education elections Tuesday evening. The slate, backed by Mayor Nicholas Sacco, consisted of incumbents Ruth Shaw, Haissam Jaafar, and Claudia Rodriguez.
They bested candidates from the “Save Our Schools” (SOS) slate backed by Sacco political opponent Larry Wainstein, 10-1.
According to unofficial results Tuesday night –which do not include vote by mail or provisional ballots–Rodriguez earned 3,452 votes, Shaw earned 3,394 votes, and Jaafar earned 3,365 votes.
SOS candidate Viviana Salcedo earned just 229 votes. Her colleague Zeneida Larios didn’t fare much better, earning only 279 votes. Adelaida Rivera, the third SOS candidate, earned 305 votes.
Independent Jose Santos, who ran on the SOS ticket last year, earned 412 votes.
In total, 23 candidates filed to run this year, including from the two slates. Results for the remaining candidates were not immediately available.
“The voters have spoken,” Jaafar said of his win. “They saw what we have done as a team as a team and as a board. We unofficially had 92 percent of the votes. right now.”
Jaafar went out for a celebratory dinner after the victory, having visited numerous polling locations throughout the day. He said he wants to continue helping the board implement new technology.
For more information on the election results, pick up the next issue of the North Bergen Reporter.