Razor-thin results in Bayonne Board of Education race

Runners-up will likely call for a recount

According to unofficial results on election night, Denis Wilbeck, Jan Patrick Egan, and Lisa Burke will serve as newly-elected trustees for Bayonne’s School District. Thus far, they have the winning numbers of votes.

Wilbeck appears to be the only winner in a slate of three incumbent trustees, which included Charles Ryan and Carol Cruden.

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Two of the three members of the Mayor Jimmy Davis-endorsed “Together We Can” slate, Jan Patrick Egan and Lisa Burke, had the second and third highest vote counts at press time. Their running mate, Melissa Matthews, was behind by just about 100 votes.

These results could change pending review by the Hudson County Clerk’s Office. So far, only 73 percent of all votes have been recorded, according to the report so far. Incoming mail-in ballots could also oust one of the three winners. It’s probable that those who lost by a margin of less than one percent will call for a recount.

Here are the results.

Stephanie Glover-Wilson: 688

Anthony D’Amico: 693

Melissa Godesky-Rodriguez: 822

Lauren Alonso: 447

Evelyn Sabol: 311

Charles Shepard: 267

Carol R. Cruden: 1,035

Charles Ryan: 1,044

Denis F. Wilbeck: 1,227

Sharma Montgomery: 327

Leo J. Smith Jr.: 695

Jan Patrick Egan: 1,148

Lisa Burke: 1,115

Melissa Matthews: 1,007

This year’s Bayonne Board of Education Ballot featured three full slates. Lauren Alonso, Evelyn Sabol, and Charles Shepard were on the “Make Bayonne Great” ticket. Carol Cruden, Charles Ryan, and Denis Wilbeck were on the “Commitment, Experience, Integrity” ticket. Jan Egan, Lisa Burke, and Melissa Matthews wee on the “Together We Can” ticket. Independents included Stephanie Glover-Wilson, Anthony D’Amico, Melissa Godesky-Rodriguez, Sharma Montgomery, and Leo J. Smith, Jr.

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