THANK YOU SOUTH ORANGE!
Read a Press Release from Team Nureed on the Election Results (May 11, 2017):
On May 11th, 2017 Nureed Saeed conceded victory to Steve Schnall in the closely contested South Orange Board of Trustees Race. “With a 22 vote difference and only 9 provisional and 5 emergency ballots there was not enough chance to change the vote.” Saeed spoke to Schnall late Thursday afternoon and congratulated him on his victory.
Saeed also spoke to Village President Sheena Collum and said, “I am excited to accept an offer extended by Village President Collum to participate and volunteer to be a member of the Development Committee and serve in other capacities in which my talents and skill set will help the town. I am still 100% committed to downtown development that is smart and sustainable and that takes into account innovation. I still believe we can do better and can promise all my constituents that I will keep asking the tough questions, over and over and over if I have to.”
Despite the fact that there are not enough additional ballots to swing the election, Saeed still expressed concern over some irregularities at the polling in Marshall and potentially other sites and is continuing to ask the County to finalize the vote so every voice is heard. “Emergency Ballots are supposed to be called into the county, and they were not called in by poll workers. Our campaign team alerted the county to [these] issues at both Marshall and OLS [Our Lady of Sorrows] and the county will continue to look into those. In the future I look forward to President Collum ensuring that poll workers in the district understand the responsibilities regarding following procedures for emergency ballots, especially in close races like these.”
Furthermore Saeed said, “While I know that the numbers will not change the outcome here, in the interest of true transparency and democracy I expect the county to complete its due diligence with regard to the emergency ballots and provisional ballots so that every single voice will have been registered and counted.”
Nureed Saeed will be a great addition to the South Orange Board of Trustees. Running independently of other candidates, Nureed is uniquely qualified to improve our Village with her years of professional retail development experience, her personal story and a proven track record of helping multiple stakeholders reach their goals.
Nureed's platform can be summarized quickly as innovation in downtown development, diversity in thought and experience, and transparency in government.
South Orange is special because of its diverse residents, with talents and experiences of their own, who all strive to contribute to the common good. Our community is strengthened when voices with a different perspective bring their expertise to the table. Let's help Nureed Saeed bring her voice to the table.