Incumbent officially retains seat on East Windsor regional school board

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East Windsor voters have returned Jeanne Bourjolly to the East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education for a three-year term, based on the final vote tally in the Nov. 3 general election.

Bourjolly received 5,817 votes to keep her seat on the school board, fending off a challenge from Jagruti Patel, who received 4,562 votes.

A total of 10,530 votes were cast, including 151 write-in or “personal choice” ballots, according to the official vote tallies updated by the Mercer County Clerk’s Office on Nov. 20.

“I am in total amazement that I won. I would like to say thank you to all of my loved ones, friends, supporters and the thousands of strangers who voted for me,” Bourjolly said.”This is a clear example of why East Windsor is a wonderful place to live. The community speaks up, shows up and stands up based on what they want for their children and their family.”

Bourjolly has lived in East Windsor since 2016. She was appointed to fill a vacancy on the school board in January, and decided to run for a three-year term. She has one child who attends the Walter C. Black Elementary School. She works for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.

Patel has lived in East Windsor since 2001. Patel, who works for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has one child who attends the Grace Rogers Elementary School and another child who is a freshman at Hightstown High School.

No one filed to run for a one-year term on the school board to represent East Windsor Township, or for a three-year term on the school board to represent Hightstown Borough.

However, 394 votes were cast for “personal choice” for the one-year term representing East Windsor, and 273 votes were cast for “personal choice” for the three-year term representing Hightstown. There were also 151 votes for “personal choice” for the three-year term to represent East Windsor.

“Personal choice” are write-in names on the ballot.

Seven of the nine seats on the East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education are set aside for East Windsor residents, and two are available for Hightstown residents. Three seats become available every year.