Uncertified election results give Page school board seat

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PLEASANTVILLE – City residents are going to have to wait a few more days to see if Election Day results hold true and create a Board of Education shakeup.

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Pleasantville Public Schools business administrator Dennis Mulvihill said Atlantic County Clerk Edward P. McGettigan notified the district that election results will not be certified until Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The delay was caused by Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to extend deadlines to accommodate mail-in ballot disruptions caused by devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Election Day results had former board President Jerome Page, former high school basketball star Lawrence “Tony” Davenport and newcomer Michael Bright winning seats on the nine-member board.

President Doris Graves, a 25-year member, along with Vice President Melanie Griffin and board member Johnny McClellan appeared to have failed in their bids for re-election, according to results posted Nov. 6.

Davenport led Election Day voting with 1,616 votes to head a field of seven candidates vying for three three-year seats.

Davenport garnered 20.8 percent of the vote and was followed by Page, who captured 1,168 votes or 15.03 percent.

Michael A. Bright is the presumptive winner of the final seat, getting 1,165 votes or 14.99 percent.

“I believe the voters have spoken and they want the board to go in a new direction,” Page said. “They want the board to put the focus back on the children again.”

McClellan finished fourth with 1,023 votes (13.17 percent), followed by former board member Harriet Jackson with 978 votes (12.59 percent).

Graves received 928 votes (11.94 percent) and finished sixth. She was followed by Melanie Griffin, who received 878 votes, or 11.25 percent.

The new board members will take the oath of office shortly after the New Year, Page said.

“I feel very good about the voters in Pleasantville,” Page said. “They still believe in me. I’m fit and I’m ready to serve.”

Davenport played on Pleasantville’s great boys basketball teams, and Bright has tremendous personal character, Page said.

Mayor, City Council

Running unopposed, Democratic incumbent Mayor Jesse Tweedle Sr. received 4,998 votes, or 99.98 percent, in an overwhelming approval for a second four-year term in office.

Also running unopposed for three-year seats were incumbent at-large Councilman William Christmas, who received 4,473 votes and 100 percent of votes cast; Ward 1 Councilman Lincoln Green Sr. with 2,339 votes, or 99.96 percent, and Ward 2 Councilman Lockland Scott, who had 2,155 votes, or 100 percent of votes cast.

Augustus Harmon received 2,169 votes (100 percent) in his bid to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of his brother, the late Johnson Harmon, who passed away last year.

The Republican Party did not field any candidates for mayor or City Council.


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