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Essen, Bubba, and Albanese Elected to Board of Education

Essen elected to first full term. For Bubba and Albanese, it will be the first time they've held public office.

Incumbent Kim Essen and challengers Michael Bubba and Eileen Albanese have, for now, won seats on the Wayne Board of Education.

They were elected to three-year terms.

Voting totals do not include at least 2,000 absentee ballots already cast.

Town Clerk Paul Margiotta said that is the number of absentee ballots cast before Hurricane Sandy hit North Jersey. He said he was not aware of the final total of absentee ballots cast.

“If this is the way that it turns out after those ballots are counted, I’m thrilled,” Albanese said. “We’re still waiting for those ballots to be counted though.”

Essen could not be reached for comment.

“I’m thrilled that I won,” Bubba said. “I know there’s a lot of hard work in front of me. It’s time to put the kids first.”

The Community for Academic Excellence, a non-partisan group of current and former Wayne educators, endorsed Bubba and Montoyne for spots on the board.

Essen was selected to replace outgoing board trustee James Jimenez in Sept. 2011. This will be her first full term on the board if the results hold up.

Bubba and Albanese have never held public office before.

Candidate Number of Votes Eileen Albanese 6,937 Kim Essen 6,777 Michael Bubba 6,605 Cathy Kazan 5,857 Don Monteyne 5,395

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Rex miatke November 07, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Nice to see Eileen won. Wayne is truly blessed to have her on the board. Nice to know that the years my kids will be in Hills she will be on the board helping shape our Wayne education. Again congrats to Eileen, Kim, and Mike.
Bob Cacciarelli November 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Congratulations Mike Bubba. A hard working individual who will only make the BOE a better organization!
Warren November 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Good job to the Winners. Hopefully you will be the start of cleaning up this board which in the past has been frequented by hacks and Paterson school district fools.Keep the corrupt union on their slimy heels.
Nose Wayne November 07, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Congratulations Mike, I NOSE you are a hard worker and will be a great addition to our Board of Education.
Wayne Parent November 07, 2012 at 11:24 PM
When Wayne joins the 21st century and adds full day kindergarten I will have faith that the board has its priorities right.

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