Official Election Results Put Bandrowski Over Fernandez by Five Votes
Both Democrats in race win seats.
According to the official count of Springfield's ballots by Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, Margaret Bandrowski has edged ahead of incumbent Jerry Fernandez by five votes.
The final tally shows victories for the two Democrats in the race for the two open seats on the township committee, David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski. The two incumbent Republicans, Marc Krauss and Jerry Fernandez, fell short of the votes needed to attain second terms.
With Barnett and Bandrowski on the Committee, Springfield Democrats have a four to one majority. The only remaining Republican on the committee is current Mayor Ziad Shehady.
The race was close and drawn out due to voting complications caused by tropical storm Sandy. Unofficial numbers had given Bandrowski a one-vote edge. Fernandez has the legal right to call for a recount; it is not known if he will at this time.
In the final tally, Barnett garnered the most votes overall, with 3261. His running mate Bandrowski officially received 3208. Jerry Fernandez received 3203 and his fellow Republican Marc Krauss received 3076.
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