Election Maplewood South Orange

Village Green 2019 Election Guidelines

Village Green aims to cover all local elections as fairly and completely as possible.

The South Orange election for Village President and three seats on the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Two candidates are running for Village President, and nine candidates are running for Trustee. The South Orange municipal election is non-partisan, meaning candidates do not declare a party affiliation and do not participate in a primary.

The primary for Maplewood Township Committee is Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Incumbent Frank McGehee (D) has announced that he is running for re-election. The Maplewood Democratic Committee announced on March 5 that it is endorsing McGehee. As yet no Republican or independent has declared a candidacy. Filing deadline for the primary is April 1. General Election is November 5.

Three seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education will be up for election on November 5, 2019. Those seats are currently occupied by Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, Susie Adamson and Johanna Wright. The BOE election is non-partisan and there is no primary.

We will be submitting questions to candidates and publishing candidate profiles for all candidates before the elections. We look forward to covering any and all candidate forums and will publicize any forums once they are announced. We do not cover individual candidate’s coffees, meet-and-greets or campaign events.

In addition, we are publishing Letters to the Editors in support of candidates. Publishing these letters is at the discretion of the editors. We do not publish letters attacking competing candidates. We aim to publish as many letters as we receive — providing they do not contain personal attacks, profanity or verifiably false information; however, if there is a great volume and they are received late in the race, we cannot guarantee that they will be posted. Letters to the Editors can be submitted to [email protected].

Candidates are welcome to advertise on the site; however, advertising will not impact news coverage (meaning: a candidate who purchases advertising will not in turn receive additional or positive news coverage).

In addition: News is news. Candidates who present newsworthy items may receive coverage at the discretion of the editors. Likewise, we will not shy away from a news story that involves a candidate whether negatively or positively.

This year, our Election coverage is behind our paywall and is not free. News coverage — particularly election coverage, which involves reporting on each individual candidate as well as covering numerous election forums and debates as well as running letters of support — is time consuming and costly.

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