Matzav first to call winners at 10 p.m. Final updated numbers below – 10:15 p.m.: Lakewood, NJ – The three Board of Ed candidates endorsed by local mosdos have won the local school board elections, Matzav.com is the first to report at 10 p.m. EST. Yisrael Friedman, Zecharia Greenspan and Tracey Tift battled eight other candidates for three seats on the nine-member school board in a hotly contested election that culminated with a strong turnout of voters at the polls today.
The other candidates were Boruch Blaustein, Boruch Mandel, Bill Hobday, Shuie Schmuckler, Larry Avrin, Larry Loigman, Avraham Ostreicher, and Yisroel Rosenthal.
Tift and Ostreicher were current members seeking reelection. Board member Ada Gonzalez did not seek reelection.
Sh0rtly before Yom Tov, almost two dozen heads of local mosdos issued endorsements of Friedman, Greenspan and Tift. The four roshei yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Dovid Schustal, Rav Yeruchem Olshin and Rav Yisroel Neuman, signed a letter encouraging people to follow those endorsements.
Polls closed at 9 p.m.
The numbers, with 38 out of 38 polling places (100%) having been counted:
Yisrael Rosenthal 259 votes, 2.11%
Tracey Tift 3,425 votes, 27.86%
Lawrence Avrin 1049 votes, 8.53%
Baruch Blaustein 220 votes, 1.79%
Zecharia Greenspan 1,972 votes, 16.04%
Larry Loigman 727 votes, 5.91%
Avrohom Ostreicher 378 votes, 3.08%
Boruch Mandel 248 votes 2.02%
William Hobday 1,131 votes, 9.20%
Yisrael Friedman 1,937 votes, 15.76%
Shui Schmuckler 856 votes 6.96%
Write-In – 90 votes 0.73%
Total votes: 12,292
Residents also voted on the school district tax levy of $71,231,078, a 3.40% reduction over last year’s budget. The budget was voted down 2,316 (75.15%) to 766 (24.85%).
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