With three of four slates reporting, the 2019 South Orange municipal campaign cycle is shaping up to be a potential record-breaker in terms of money raised for a local election.
Two years ago, Village Green reported a final total of more than $20,000 for the 2017 South Orange municipal election, but that campaign cycle only involved races for three seats on the South Orange Village Board of Trustees, with four candidates in the running. This year, forms that were submitted on April 15 — 29 days before the May 14 election — showed that three campaigns have already raised more than $45,000.
Two candidates are vying for Village President and 9 candidates are vying for three seats on the Board of Trustees.
The SO Forward campaign which includes a candidate for Village President (Deborah Davis Ford) as well as three candidates for Trustee (Matt Wonski, Stacey Trimble-Borden and Ed Grossi) reported raising more than $20,000. Sheena Collum for Village President reported raising more than $19,000. And Your Village, Our Voice consisting of three candidates for Trustee — Bob Zuckerman, Donna Coallier and Summer Jones— raised just shy of $7,000. A financial form for the Brown, Davis & Moore slate for Village Trustees has not been posted on the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission website as yet.
Candidates for public office are required to report individual contributions of $300 and over, as well as disbursements above a certain threshold.
Village Green will continue to follow the campaigns’ filings and is reviewing the contributions. This story will be updated.
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