Baskerville-Richardson, Seelinger, Jackson triumph in Newark school advisory board election

By Mark Bonamo | April 24th, 2014

NEWARK - Two Newark school advisory board incumbents and one neophyte candidate triumphed in Wednesday's election.

Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson and Philip Seelinger, Jr., incumbents who ran as members of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka's Newark Children First Team, were the top two vote-getters with 2,710 votes and 2,873 votes respectively, according to unofficial results updated this morning by the Essex County Clerk's office. 

Donald Jackson, Jr., a sophmore at Essex County Community College, narrowly defeated the third member of Baraka's Children First Team, Reginald Bledsoe. Jackson received 2,403 votes, while Bledsoe garnered 2,330 votes, according to unofficial results. 

The nine-member board serves in a mostly advisory capacity since the state took over the Newark public school district in 1995. 

Baraka's rival in the Newark mayoral election, Shavar Jeffries, once served as president of the Newark school advisory board. Jeffries did not put forward a team of allied candiates to take on Baraka's Children First Team.

The May 13 Newark municipal election is just 19 days away. 

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