Shannon Cuttle has won a seat on the 9-person South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education.
With 97% of votes counted, Cuttle had the second most votes (5,833), just 45 votes behind incumbent Annemarie Maini (5,878). Village Green has declared both Cuttle and Maini winners. However, the third and final seat still remained up for grabs late on Tuesday night with just 36 votes separating Javier Farfan (4,831) and Narda Chisholm-Greene (4,795).
Cuttle ran last year, coming in 5th place with 11.23% of the vote.
Upon being contacted by Village Green after their victory, Cuttle sent the following statement: “I’m both humbled and grateful for the incredible opportunity to work with colleagues on the Board of Education, administrators, staff, community stakeholders and most importantly, our students in advancing our school district. While the campaign is now done, the real work begins in building inclusive, welcoming, and safer schools for all our students — a promise I made and intend to keep. My life’s work has been as an advocate for all students, especially marginalized students. To everyone who supported me, words can’t describe how grateful I am. For others, know I will work equally hard for all our students and hope to earn your trust as we move forward together.”
In their candidate statement published by Village Green in October, Cuttle described their background and experience: “I’m an consultant on intersectional, inclusive, safer schools, traveling nationally as a sought-after trainer, speaker, consultant and advisor to K-12 schools, universities and governmental agencies. Locally, I’ve been a strong, outspoken advocate for all youth and families, helping to end food insecurity at CHS, successfully co-organizing the CHS Senior Fund and Prom Pop Up Shop, chaperoning Midnight Madness, mentoring students, serving as Library Trustee, serving on the Advisory Committee of the SOMSD Parenting Center, and serving on the board of SOMA Action.”