Village Green Election Guidelines 2016

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

This includes the election for one seat on the Maplewood Township Committee and the election for three seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, taking place on November 8, 2016.

(There are also a few other races — including one for President of the United States — that you may want to weigh in on this November 8.)

Deadline to register to vote is October 18.

The Village Green will aim to cover local candidates with as much parity as possible. We have published candidate profiles for all candidates (see links below) and will cover candidate forums and debates.

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 We do not publish letters attacking competing candidates.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

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, we caution: 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.

Finally, on May 12, we instituted a paywall on All readers have access to five free articles per month outside the paywall. In addition, certain pages on the site are free and do not count against the paywall meter: the home page, obituaries, salon (opinion pieces and letters to the editors), and the calendar.

We wanted to let our readers know that our Election coverage and page have been placed outside the paywall — in order to reach the maximum amount of voters in Maplewood and South Orange and provide you with complete and access to information regarding local candidates.

Links to candidate profiles/statements:

South Orange-Maplewood Board of Ed Candidate’s Statement: Anthony Mazzocchi

South Orange – Maplewood Board of Ed Candidate Statement: Johanna Wright

South Orange – Maplewood BOE Candidate Statement: Susie Adamson

S. Orange – Maplewood BOE Candidates Statement: Lawson-Muhammad and Davis

Candidate Profile: Frank McGehee for Maplewood Township Committee

Candidate Profile: Mike Summersgill for Maplewood Township Committee

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