Tide Change: Baskerville-Richardson bumps Padilla out of third with 24-point lead

NEWARK – With 98% of the vote recorded, Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson has surpassed Tave Padilla to move into third place in a race for three seats on the Newark Schools Advisory Board.

The late-night move propelled the Children’s First ticket into the pole position.

Whoever wins the Padilla-Baskerville-Richardson joust will tilt the advantage in favor of either the For Our Kids team, whose incumbent Eliana Pinto Marin leads all voters, or the Children’s First Team, whose Alturrick Kenney is in second place.

North Ward leader Steve Adubato backed For Our Kids, and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka backed Children’s First.

With 97% of the vote tallied, Padilla clung to a six-point lead with Baskerville-Richardson threatening, according to the Essex County Clerk’s Office. Then Baskerville-Richardson jumped into a 24-point lead: 4.357 to 4.333.

Philip C. SEELINGER, Jr. 1,717 5.37%
– Eliana PINTOR MARIN 4,932 15.42%
– Ariagna PERELLO 1,913 5.98%
– Tave PADILLA 4,333 13.55%
– Deniqua MATIAS 4,314 13.49%
– Alturrick KENNEY 4,635 14.49%
– Donald G. JACKSON, Jr. 1,067 3.34%
– Antoinette BASKERVILLE-RICHARDSON 4,357 13.62%
– Willard ANDREWS 322 1.01%
– Alfred McINTYRE 233 0.73%
– Chris T. PERNELL 4,116 12.87%
Write-In 40 0.13%
Total 31,979 100.00%
Tide Change: Baskerville-Richardson bumps Padilla out of third with 24-point lead