Three incumbents lost Paterson Board of Education seats. Here’s how | #Education

PATERSON — All three incumbents lost their seats in the city’s Board of Education election on Tuesday as a grassroots activist who said she would focus on “children over politics” emerged as the surprising top vote-getter.

Valerie Freeman was more than 800 votes ahead of the second-place candidate based on tallies from about 97% of Paterson’s election districts.

Freeman, who said she would try to rid the district of fiscal mismanagement, was backed by community leaders from outside Paterson’s traditional political power structure, including outspoken Councilman Michael Jackson and embattled former community improvements director David Gilmore.

The other challengers who seemed to win seats, based on the unofficial numbers, were Eddie Gonzalez, a high-ranking administrator at the New Jersey Community Development Corporation nonprofit group, and Della McCall, who works for Mayor Andre Sayegh and was endorsed by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly.

The three incumbents — Corey Teague, Emanuel Capers and Vincent Arrington — appeared to finish fourth through sixth in the race, with none of them being within 600 votes of capturing a seat.

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