Ten candidates are running for a seat on the South Orange – Maplewood Board of Education election this year — the largest number in recent memory.
There are three seats open this year, with the following member’s terms coming to an end: Elizabeth Baker, Maureen Jones and Donna Smith. The terms are for three years. The general election is Nov. 7, 2017.
Baker and Smith recently confirmed to Village Green they would run again. A large number of first time candidates will be on the ballot this year.
The candidates (the order in which the Essex County Clerk read them to a reporter) are:
- John Sarantakis
- Elizabeth Baker
- Donna Smith
- Avery Julien
- Anthony Mazzocchi
- Lucas Calhoun
- Robin J. Baker
- Felisha George
- Shannon Cuttle
- Sheila Shidnia
The Village Green is reaching out to all candidates for comment and more information on their campaigns.
Sarantakis recently announced his candidacy on Facebook.
Formerly South Orange-Maplewood School District Director of Fine Arts, Mazzocchi ran in 2016 but didn’t win a seat. He also recently announced his candidacy on Facebook; we will post his statement shortly.