The League of Women Voters of the Montclair area education fund, Aging in Montclair (AIM) and Montclair Local newspaper will host a televised-only candidates forum on Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m. in preparation for the May 12 elections. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the forum will not be open to the public. It will be broadcast live on TV34 and the township Youtube channel. The video of the event will remain on the site for viewers to watch at any time, as well.


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That first slate will be current Third Ward Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Sean M. Spiller, current council members Bob Russo (at-large), Bill Hurlock (First Ward) and Robin Schlager (Second Ward), as well as at-large candidate Roger Terry and Third Ward candidate Lori Price Abrams. There is no Fourth Ward candidate on this ticket.

The second slate will be current Fourth Ward Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Renee Baskerville joined by at-large council candidates Peter Yacobellis and James Cotter, First Ward candidate John Hearn, Second Ward candidate Christina “Chrissy” Thomas, Third Ward candidate Marguerite “Maggie” Joralemon, and Fourth Ward candidate David Cummings. 

Planning board member Carmel Loughman is also running independently for one of the two at-large council spots. 

Voters are reminded that they will vote for individuals, not a particular slate. Voters will vote for mayor, two council-at-large candidates and their ward councilperson. 


The May 12 election will be conducted through an all mail-in ballot election.

All registered voters, including inactive voters (those voters whose Sample Ballots have been returned to the County as undeliverable), will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot.

The County Clerk’s Office will begin the mailing of vote-by-mail ballots on April 21.



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