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Springfield Vote Too Close to Call

Vote split between Democrats and Republicans; final result will depend on provisional ballots.

With all districts reporting but with provisional and email ballots unaccounted for, the race for the two contested seats on the Springfield Township Committee is split between Democrats and Republicans.

While Springfield residents preferred Obama over Romney 3,552 to 2,857, they did not show a strong preference for Democrats or Republicans in the local race.

“The difference between Obama and Romney is about 600 votes,” Committee member Marc Krauss said before the final votes were tallied. “The difference between us and them is like 100 votes.”

Democratic challenger David Barnett garnered the most votes, tailed by Incumbent Republican Jerry Fernandez Margaret Bandrowski and Marc Krauss placed third and fourth, respectively. Bandrowski is within striking distance of Fernandez in second, with only 12 points separating her from the Deputy Mayor.

The numbers, which include absentee ballots, as of 10 p.m., are below.

  • David Barnett 3173
  • Jerry Fernandez 3141
  • Margaret Bandrowski 3129
  • Marc Krauss 3020

This year’s election has been complicated by fallout from Hurricane Sandy. Residents throughout the state have voted with provisional and email ballots that will not be tallied until Friday. Representatives of both the Democratic and Republican parties said that with the race as close as it is currently, those late numbers will become major factors.

David Barnett said that he hoped that when the final votes are tallied that he would retain his lead and that his running mate would pick enough votes to get over the hump.

“I think we need to wait until all of the provisional ballots are in,” Barnett said.  

Incredulous November 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
This seems to defy logic. So much forward progress in such a short time and the residents want to replace the guys who have been so instrumental in that progress? Enough with the Ziad banter -- township committee meetings are a forum to get business done; not a setting for every last yahoo in town to tell the mayor how to do his job.
Anthony Fannelli November 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Our new mayor will likely be Amler who abandoned the town during the crisis. Mayor Shehady and Marc and Jerry have be the hardest working TC members in years. This is a sad day for Springfield. We were finally moving in the right direction ... The Mayor did a great job during this crisis.
Anthony Fannelli November 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Congratulations to the winners hopefully they will continue the good work of the Township Committee
CidE November 07, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Springfield needs a VOTE for mayor.. NOT a simple assignment of a non-worthy person.
Warren Frank November 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
If these results hold we will have Amlen or Huber as mayor. G-d save Springfield. Unlike most of the democrats who use anonymous or made up names I will sign mine. This town needs to eliminate the democrat/republican handles for township positions. They are not making decisions on abortion, gay rights or tax rates, they are elected to make Springfield better and party affiliation should be inconsequential. All the progress made will be halted now. Warren Frank
BART FRAENKEL November 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Warren, I agree 100% that non-partisan elections for the TC would be in the best interest of Springfield. Unfortunately neither party will ever agree to that and so things will continue until TC members are willing to step forward and work together without the political b.s.
LHG November 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
This is coming down to absentee/email/provisional ballots. From http://njtoday.net/2012/11/07/union-county-local-election-results/ Springfield Township Committee (3 year term, vote for two) David Barnett (D) – 2,852 Margaret Bandrowski (D) – 2,825 Jerome Jerry Fernandez (R) – 2,935 Marc Krauss (R) – 2,812 Public Question: Should a commission be elected to study the city’s charter and make recommendations for improvement? Yes – 1,945 No – 1,958
Ben Castor November 07, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Yes I also agree with Warren Frank 100%. This election is not a matter of the Democratic or Republican parties we consider at a Federal or even a state level. I will openly say that at those levels I am strongly Democratic but I would swiftly side with the Republican side on a township level. As someone who was in high school last year and communicates with people still in high school, I saw the mayor work in areas that went unseen with many adults; for example, when the town found out that a neighboring town dropped out of Boy's State, our mayor called up the association and got us an extra seat immediately. Lets also not forget how easy the mayor makes it to contact him through facebook or phone; this is a crucial aspect of his position that I really haven't seen very strongly before. He also makes a point of keeping the community actively informed through these media.
Brett Biebelberg November 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Amen, Warren.
Mark W November 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I also agree with Warren Frank there should be no democrats or republicans but only a Springfield party like the Board of Education. The mayor, Mr. Fernandez, and Mr. Krauss have done a great job moving Springfield forward and during Hurricane Sandy. God Bless Springfield if Mr. Amlen becomes mayor. Name one thing he did during the hurricane Let's hope the absentee and provisional ballots help Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Krauss.
Incredulous November 07, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Amlen as mayor? Unthinkable.
Adam Bulger (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Point of clarification: the NJ Today numbers do not include the absentee ballots which is why they are lower than the numbers in the body text of the story.
Geri Ann Bujnowski November 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I want to know who knows who in the Westfield Board of Health. Why are we so hell bent on keeping them as our BOH? Are they the only Board of Health in the county. How do we know if they are the best without something to compare it too. A lot of changed in 12 years. Now I am not disparaging them, I don't know enough about it. But don't tell me that no other company can do the same job at a more competitive price. We may have been able to keep them and got a lower price if we tried negotiating with them privately instead of telling everyone publicly that they were the only board of health for Springfield. That was not negotiating that was giving the, a sweet deal. Thank you Dems, again.
Diane Boyle November 07, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Beautifully stated Warren Frank!!!
Jodi Silverstein November 07, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Warren Frank for Town Council in 2013 !!!!
a November 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
warren give me a break ziad has over 10 alias;s he uses in here so dont accsue the republicans
a November 08, 2012 at 12:15 AM
what people need to realize is ziad is a child who acts like hes an emperer. i dont for a second believe he gives a rats blank about anything but his own interests. if you disagree with him he belittles you and in fact has tried to make the democrats life miserable win or lose. hes a miserable human being and not a good loser either. hey ziad dont go away mad just go away! people are sick of your childish games except your people who clog the patch with fake names and posts galore.
a November 08, 2012 at 12:17 AM
agreed anthony. ziad needs to grow up and accept defeat like a man instead of being a whiny kid who didnt get his way. if he makes the dems life mad in 2013 im sure the dems wont just sit there and take it. both parties just get along!
a November 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
so ziad can dominate springfield and screw the citizens over. sure thing cide and i have a bridge to sell you.
Warren Frank November 08, 2012 at 03:59 PM
still not using your name. your views are worthless if you do not stand behind them. anonymous is a cowards way out. Ziad should use his name and in all the e-mails he sends out he does and stands behind what he says. Warren Frank
Warren Frank November 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
seems like they only did this after they were criticized in the paper for being no where around town for Sandy. I guess you are their PR guy for what it is worth MR. Anonymous. Warren Frank
a November 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM
his name is amlen
Geri Ann Bujnowski November 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
They only stayed because I called them and told them that the people running the shelter needed a break and wouldn't be staying overnight. I told them to rally all the troops that voted for them and man up. Since they hadn't stepped foot in the door since the storm, since they all had power and were finished electioneering, maybe they could spare some of their time for the residents of Springfield. Guilt is not leadership, that is leading from behind. Everyone says they don't like the negative politics, and yet that was what worked, so apparently you do. No one cared that these guys were out there putting their lives on hold for the town. Too bad. I'm so disappointed Springfield. I'm also happy that the charter study commission did not pass. Freedom of choice is dead here. Our forefathers would be ashamed. I was prepared to put my life on hold for a year to research the different forms of government. I see now that would only have wasted my time. The democrats in charge would simply have said not to vote for it and the sheeps would all have agreed. Lets see what the next few years and in the country have to bring. All I can see is prepare. At least now, Obama can be in office when his policies all are enacted. All of you can see too,
concerned citizen November 08, 2012 at 05:38 PM
i know at least 6 people including myself who voted for the Green Party`s candidate Jill Stein. can anyone tell me why those votes were NOT counted, was the tally reported incorrectly in the Patch or were those votes simply not counted ?
Geri Ann Bujnowski November 08, 2012 at 05:57 PM
That's bull and I don't believe it for one second. You all say we should work together. Things were going along smoothly before the slate for the candidates was chosen. It's party all the way for you people. Why don't you step back and look at the bigger picture, you are the same guys and gals who washed Springfields laundry in the paper. Things will never get done like thT.
Vic T November 08, 2012 at 06:13 PM
annonymous amlen - caught red handed? over 10 aliases? sounds like the same line bart uses over and over dave. keep repeating the same thing over and over makes you sound crazier and crazier, doesn't make it fact. from what i've seen ziad says what he thinks and signs his name to everything. i see no reason for him to be using aliases. over 30 people well known in the community have since stepped forward and signed their name to these posts so now you resort to calling us "ziad's people". why don't you go to the next township committee meeting and defend amlen in person? stand up instead of being a coward and say what you have to say to ziad's face. you have no proof he's on here posting and i find it hard to believe he could have the time to waste on that with all he's done for springfield. easy for you to pretend to be someone other than amlen when you don't talk to the residents or show your face around town. i guess ziad was posting under your ex-wife's name too? another alias of his?
Incredulous November 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
In 2012, construction began on a football (turf) field, which was sorely needed. It was an embarrasment for kids to have to use the field in a neighboring town. Plans are being put in place (early stages) to revitalize downtown, which is long overdue. These and other initiatives certainly suggest that the town has been moving in the right direction in 2012. The two years prior saw no forward movement on any important issues. Stop believing that this is some kind of actual political novel. This is a small community that has begun to move forward with smart initiatives. This is because of Shehady; not in spite of him. If these other guys are put in charge -- we will have no hoops, no power, no ideas and no initiatives. I have come to understand (having attended some TC meetings in 2012) that what you call immature/disrespectful behavior, is a smart, insightful, forward thinking and aggressive mayor trying to move town business forward without every whiner in town (who wants their voices heard) slowing down the process.
Fed up with politics as usual November 09, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Is explaining his position, but not being willing to repeat it in response to the same question being asked over and over really the same as not listening. He listened, but he still believed that his position was the correct one. I have watched the youtube videos, which were supposed to be an example of this worst bullying, and frankly did not see anything wrong with his behavior. This pettiness is ridiculous. Ziad is trying to actually accomplish something. What are the Dems proposing to do aside from undo anything the Republicans started? I also don't get the big deal with Westfield vs Madison. What exactly does Westfield do for us that is sooooo vital that cannot be done by Madison or someone else?
Springfield Neighbor November 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Do we have an update?
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