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As 2 Drop Out, 9 Candidates Are Left in South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education Race

Updated October 8, 2018: Felisha George has announced that she is ending her campaign due to health issues. There are now 8 candidates remaining.

Two candidates — Avery Julien and James C. Wilkes — have dropped out of the campaign for South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, leaving 9 candidates now running for 3 seats on the BOE.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

Wilkes told Village Green that he had not been able to obtain clearance from his employer to run. Julien has not yet provided information on his decision, outside of confirming the end of his candidacy; Julien, a recent Columbia High School graduate, ran unsuccessfully for BOE last year on a ticket with current candidate Felisha George.

The remaining candidates are as follows. Those with links have provided 2018 candidate statements. Village Green will update with additional links as more statements are received:

Cuttle and George ran in last year’s election. See their 2017 candidate statement’s here: Shannon Cuttle; Felisha George.

Maini and Farfan also issued a joint campaign statement here.

Chisholm-Greene and Laskowski are running a joint campaign, as are Trzaska and Cutler.

The first of several BOE Candidate Forums took place on October 3. See the video and read our reporting here. The most interesting responses were related to questions around whether or not candidates supported the proposed $131M Facilities & Integration Plan, support for the proposed 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade configuration, and discussion around the soon-t0-be-revealed plan for elementary school integration. Six of the 9 candidates were able to attend the October 3 forum.

New Board members are sworn in January, and the full Board elects the president during the January reorganization meeting.

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