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Election 2016 Results: Bogota Goes Blue, Ridgefield Denies School Funding

Democrat David Macfarlane was elected to the Bogota Council.
Democrat David Macfarlane was elected to the Bogota Council. Photo Credit: Facebook David Macfarlane

Voters elected Democratic officials to the Bogota Council as incumbents ran unopposed in Edgewater and Fairview ( CLICK HERE for county list).

Here's a look at the results.

Bogota Council

Democrats Kathryn Gates-Ferris and David S. Macfarlane were elected to the Bogota Council. Gates-Ferris earned 28% of votes while Macfarlane earned 27%.

The two were up against republican incumbents John G. Mitchell and Michael T. Connors.

Democrat Mary Ellen Murphy won 57% of votes against Republican Carmen P. Diaz for the one year unexpired term.

Bogota BOE

Incumbents Lisa Kohles, Amanda Montgomery and Charles Severino were voted back to the Bogota BOE.

They were up against Michael Leong, Ronald Patron and Kimberly Virbukas.

Cliffside Park Council (full, vote for two)

Democratic incumbents Kenneth Corcoran and Peter Colao ran unopposed.

Edgewater Council

Democratic incumbents Vincent Monte and Duane Fischetti return to the council.

Edgewater BOE

Barbara Voda-Bartolomeo ran unopposed.

Fairview Council

Democrats John Rossi and Russel Martin ran unopposed in Fairview.

Ridgefield Council

Democrats James V. Kontolios and Hugo Jimenez beat out Republican incumbents Angus W.  Todd and Warren N. Vincentz.

Ridgefield BOE

Incumbent Claudia C. Narvaez has been re-elected to the Ridgefield BOE with 38% of votes. Rosemary Huzovic beat out incumbent Jose Salazr with 33% of votes.

Ridgefield Schools Second Question: 58% OF VOTERS SAID "NO."

According to the New Jersey Department of Education, for the past decade, Ridgefield Public Schools have operated at an average state of inadequacy totaling $1.2 million per year. Too many years of zero budget increases and fairly recent 2 percent caps on tax levy revenues have crippled and eroded our system, shrinking our human capacity. Against all odds, we have made significant gains and built a relatively good system. But without restoring our funding and several critical positions, we will never achieve our potential of becoming a great school system that serves each and every student well.

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