Below is the video of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education Candidates Forum sponsored by the Hilton Neighborhood Association and held at the DeHart Community Center in Maplewood on October 19.
Unlike other forums, the HNA gave each candidate five minutes to explain their platforms and their qualifications, before opening the forum to questions from the audience.
Village Green hopes to update this story with transcriptions of the questions shortly.
Eight candidates are vying for three seats. Election day is November 7. The 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/watch the candidates’ statements.