Newark re-elected four incumbents to the city’s school board by a wide margin on Tuesday, approving the school budget by a 92% lead.
Dawn Hayes led the vote with 2,590 votes, followed by Asia Norton (2,440) and Vereliz Santana (2,349).
They defeated a rival of Yolanda Johnson (488), Nadirah Brown (425) and Philip Wilson (362).
In a special election for a term that has not expired, the incumbent Daniel Gonzalez held his seat 2-1 ahead of the challenger Sheila Montague. Gonzalez won 1,839 to 965, a margin of 66% to 34%. Montague had the support of a political group against Mayor Ras Baraka. Gonzalez won the North Ward by a 10-1 lead.
Santana is known as an advisor to Senate President Pro-Tempore Theresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and a former employee of Baraka. Gonzalez is a former Newark Public Schools Treasurer and Treasurer of Newark under Mayor Sharpe James.
The Newark school budget was passed from 2,299 to 207.
In Fairfield, voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to expand two primary schools.
The election initiative lost a margin of 79% to 21% with 206 to 787.
Irvington passed his school budget by a margin of 89% to 11%, with three incumbent members of the Board of Education working unopposed.