UPDATED: Three Candidates Forums for South Orange-Maplewood BOE Election

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Update, October 13, 2020: The PARES/SOMA Action Candi-Date forum has been cancelled.

Update October 2, 2020: This story has been updated with more information on the LWV debate.

Update September 24, 2020: This story has been updated to include a forum hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association.

Update September 23, 2020: This story has been updated to announce an additional forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and the SOMSD Presidents’ Council.

With less than six weeks to go before the November 3 election, two candidates forums have now been announced for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education election. (Read more about the six candidates for Board of Education here.)

  • The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will be hosting a virtual forum on Thursday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.
  • The League of Women Voters and the Presidents’ Council are planning a virtual forum for Monday, October 12, 7:30 p.m., via the South Orange & Maplewood School District’s Webex platform. The 5 candidates who are not running unopposed will be in attendance; according to LWV rules, Kamal Zubieta is not permitted to attend due to her running unopposed.
  • The Hilton Neighborhood Association is planning to host a candidate forum on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 pm. Questions for candidates should be emailed to hna.maplewood@gmail.com by Sunday, October 11.

South Orange-Maplewood Cares About Schools will not be hosting a forum this year; Elissa Malespina, who administers the Facebook group, noted that hosting such a meeting presented a conflict as she is a candidate this year.

Please contact villagegreennj@gmail.com if you have information about a public forum involving all candidates.


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