Who’s Running? What’s on the Ballot? Village Green Fall 2021 Election Guide and Guidelines

by Mary Barr Mann
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Village Green aims to cover all local elections as fairly and completely as possible. General election day is November 2, 2021. Find out more about voter registration here.


Locally, two seats are up on the Maplewood Township Committee. Incumbent Nancy Adams is running with newcomer Jamaine Cripe. Adams and Cripe captured the Democratic nomination in the June primary, after being endorsed by the Maplewood Democratic Committee. No Republican or other candidate has filed to run. Read about Adams and Cripe here. 

Jamaine Cripe (left) and Nancy Adams

There will be referendum on the ballot regarding artificial turf at DeHart Park. Read about it here.

South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education

Five candidates are vying for three seats on the 9-member South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education on November 2, 2021: Shannon Cuttle (incumbent), William Rodriguez, Qawi Telesford, Arun Vadlamani and Kaitlin Wittleder. Terms are for three years.

Clockwise from bottom left: Arun Vadlamani, Kaitlin Witleder, Shannon Cuttle, Will Rodriguez, Qawi Telesford

Thus far, three candidates forums are tentatively scheduled (please email us at villagegreennj@gmail.com if you know of another forum):

    • Oct 11, League of Women Voters (virtual; info TBA)
    • Oct 20, 7:30 p.m., Hilton Neighborhood Association, Zoom link available at the FB page before the event.
    • Oct 26, 7:30 p.m. South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (virtual: register here)

New Jersey

Also on the ballot:

Two ballot questions:

Visit Ballotpedia for more information.

Village Green Guidelines

Village Green will publish candidate profiles for all candidates before the elections. These profiles must outline a candidate’s history and platform and not engage in attacks on opposing candidates.

We look forward to covering candidate forums and will post information on forums when they are announced.

We do not cover individual candidate’s coffees, meet-and-greets or campaign events. However, due to the difficulties presented by COVID-19, we are inviting candidates to post one-time notices for coffees/meet-and-greets/campaign events on our Facebook group The Village Green News & Views. Otherwise, no campaigning is allowed on our Facebook group.

Village Green publishes 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 villagegreennj@gmail.com. Please provide your name and place of residence (town and state).

The deadline for submitting a Letter to the Editor for the general election is Friday, October 29 at 5 p.m.

Candidates are welcome to advertise on the site; however, advertising will not impact news coverage. In addition, candidates who present newsworthy items may receive coverage at the discretion of the editors.

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