Tuesday, November 7 is election day (find your polling place here).
Eight candidates are vying for three seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. The Board is a 9-member body, with three seats coming up for election each November. Elections are non-partisan.
The eight candidates are: Board of Education President Elizabeth Baker and running mate Robin Johnson Baker, Shannon Cuttle, Felisha George and Avery Julien (running mates), Anthony Mazzocchi, Sheila Shidnia, and incumbent Donna Smith. Click on names to read or view candidate statements.
Numerous candidates forums were held through the campaign season. With the help of Joy Yagid and SOMAtv, Village Green posted video of five forums and transcribed questions (with time stamps) for three of those forums:
- VIDEO: SOMA Black Parents Workshop Holds Student-Led Candidates Forum (with questions and time stamps)
- South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race Candidates Forum
- League of Women Voters/Presidents’ Council Candidates Forum — VIDEO: BOE Candidates Forum Covers Overcrowding, Budget, Racism and Police Mentoring (with questions and time stamps)
- Hilton Neighborhood Association BOE Candidates Forum
- South Orange Maplewood Cares About Schools Candidates Forum(with questions and time stamps)
The News-Record of South Orange and Maplewood also posted stories covering the following forums: Hilton Neighborhood Association, League of Women Voters, and South Orange Maplewood Cares About Schools.
Letters and opinion pieces submitted by and for candidates to Village Green are as follows:
Elizabeth Baker and Robin Johnson Baker
Elizabeth Baker and Robin Johnson Baker received letters of endorsement from Daniela LaValva and Regina Schaefer, David Huemer, Amy Higer, Beth Daugherty, Lisa E. Davis and Leslie M. Kantor, Shawn Grain Carter, Frank and Marie McGehee and Maureen Jones.
Cuttle received letters of endorsement from Danielle Perotta, Steve Mershon (their campaign manager), Rob McGrath and Catherine Maranto, David Huemer, Beth Daugherty, Reverend Janyce Jackson Jones, Frank and Marie McGehee and Rachel Fisher.
Felisha George and Avery Julien
George and Julien received a letter of endorsement from Johanna Wright,
Mazzocchi also wrote an opinion piece:
No letters of recommendation for Sheila Shidnia were sent to Village Green.
Smith received letters of endorsement from Marian Cutler, Madhu Pai, Ingrid Wickelgren, Wayne Eastman, Mike Donoghue, James Nathenson, Walter Clarke, Sabine Hack, Mark Rosner, Jennifer Crohn, Morrisa da Silva and Andrew Lee.
Smith also wrote four opinion pieces:
South Orange Village President Sheena Collum wrote a summation of the candidates here.
SOMA Justice posted a score card for candidates here.
Felisha George and Avery Julien announced the launch of their campaign website here.
Candidates responded to the Special Education Parents Advisory Committee questionnaire here.
Jan Kaminsky of North Jersey Pride wrote, Letter: Misgendering Candidate Was a Dehumanizing Action.
Candidates reacted to a piece of negative campaign literature here.
Phew! That’s 64 links. Let us know if we missed anything; email [email protected].