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Teen, Teacher and Incumbent Elected to Moorestown BOE

Also, Moorestown went Obama for the second time—though by a smaller margin than in 2008—and reelected Burlington County freeholders Bruce Garganio and Mary Ann O'Brien.

Voters elected an incumbent, a teacher and a recent high school graduate to the Moorestown Board of Education Tuesday.

Incumbent David Weinstein was selected for a second three-year term, earning the most votes with 3,922. Former college professor Sheryl Sawin came in second with 3,762, and 19-year-old Brandon Pugh landed in third with 3,420. There were three open seats on the board.

“I’m looking forward to, not to overuse an expression, getting down to business,” said Pugh, who monitored the results as they came in at town hall Tuesday night.

Some were skeptical of Pugh because of his age and seeming lack of experience, but he described his youth as an advantage.

“I really offer a new perspective,” he said. “Having someone who’s not too far removed adds a different dimension.”

Pugh was only separated from the fourth place vote-getter, Joseph Ruccolo, by 154 votes. However, Pugh said sources who were monitoring election results at the county level told him he’d received more absentee ballots than any other candidate and they would not change the election.

Patch was unable to reach out to the other school board candidates Tuesday night. Check back later today for an expanded story on the results of the race.

Here’s how Moorestown voted in the rest of the races*:

President
Barack Obama — 5,148 (50 percent)
Mitt Romney — 4,987 (49 percent)

U.S. Senate
Robert Menendez — 4,910 (50 percent)
Joe Kyrillos — 4,837 (49 percent)

U.S. House of Representatives
Shelley Adler — 4,131 (42 percent)
Jon Runyan — 5,644 (57 percent)

Burlington County Board of Freeholders
Aimee Belgard — 4,086 (22 percent)
Joanne Schwartz — 3,993 (22 percent)
Bruce Garganio — 5,175 (28 percent)
Mary Ann O’Brien — 5,167 (28 percent)

*Again, results are unofficial until all absentee and provisional ballots are counted.

Believe in Moorestown November 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Pugh's victory speaks volumes to his work in our community, his passion for public service, and the enthusiasm people have for a new person with great ideas. Between Pugh and Napolitano winning, I hope every single person who called these young candidates too inexperienced or too young realizes now that our town is ready for something new and we will vote for candidates who bring that fresh perspective.
Kitchen Table November 07, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Were all three winners backed by the teachers union? If not who did they back?
Amy Tozzi November 07, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Not loving that Sawin one, I hope she is able to work to push back on teachers unions when we have to! Congrats to all three winners, but the taxpayers beg of you, KEEP OUR TAXES LOWER!
Bobby29 November 07, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Glad to see Pugh elected, Sawin I think has potential to be decent, Weinstein not so happy with for teaming up in a BOE race. Congrats to all three winners, as I'm sure they will all work well together.
Bobby29 November 07, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Agreed. Especially "HeyNineteen" and all the others who critiqued people based off age.
John K November 07, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Keeping expenses in check is definitely a concern, but hopefully that's not the only agenda or responsibility for which we choose members of the school board. I, for one, am excited about the knowledge and expertise about educational issues that Sawin will bring to the table.
Long Timer November 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Glad to see Pugh. We need some young voices and ideas.
American Woman November 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I proudly voted for Brandon Pugh - he will make an excellent member of the BOE!
Kitchen Table November 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I guess no one knows the answer to my question?
Bobby29 November 08, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I do not know. Sorry.
Patricia O'Brien November 08, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Congratulations Brandon!!! You are an awesome guy and I know you'll do a great job!!
Ok! November 10, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Who is else is running for school board next year? I got only a possibility from Kevin. He has done a great job so far. How are candidates vetted? Or does the union only choose? How are candidates teamed up? Or do some just do bullet voting?

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