Sheena Collum has won re-election as South Orange Village President by a 3-1 margin.
Collum secured the win after a contentious and hard-fought race, where she and her opponent, long-time Village Trustee Deborah Davis Ford, spent more than $50,000 combined. Collum faced opposition not only from Davis Ford, but from the statewide firefighters union, the NJ FMBA. Davis Ford also enjoyed financial support from a number of Essex County pols, such as Freeholder President Brendan Gill, Freeholder Britnee Timberlake and Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, while Collum garnered endorsements from Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee.
Collum defeated Davis Ford by a margin of 2,847 to 889, according to unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk. (Our thanks also to Shinell Smith at the South Orange Village Clerk’s office for continuous updates.)
The Line C team of Bob Zuckerman, Summer Jones and Donna Coallier won the three open seats on the South Orange Village Board of Trustees.
Zuckerman sent the following statement on behalf of Line C and colleagues Summer Jones and Donna Coallier: “We are so thankful and honored to have been voted in as Trustees by the residents of South Orange. We ran a positive campaign of ideas and solutions on issues that matter to the Village. Our tag line was Your Voice, Our Village, and we intend to honor our commitment to engage with our fellow Villagers for the next four years. Thank you South Orange!”
Bobby Brown, Toshie Davis and Ed Moore of Line D came in 4th, 5th and 6th place, respectively, in the race for Village Trustee.
Davis Ford’s running mates on the SOForward/Line A slate — Matt Wonski, Stacey Borden and Ed Grossi — came in 7th, 8th and 9th among the 9 candidates vying for Village Trustee.
Visit the Essex County Clerk’s website for updates on South Orange Municipal Election results here:
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