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We Have The Links! Village Green 2018 BOE Election Roundup

Top l to r: Mike Laskowski, Narda Chisholm-Greene, Annemarie Maini, Javier Farfan. Bottom l to r: Marian Cutler, Christopher Trzaska, Shannon Cuttle, Bruno Navarro.

This election season — as in most — there have been a lot of forums, a lot of statements, and a lot of letters to the editor regarding the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education candidates. We’re gong to try to round it all up for you here, and we will continue to update this page through Election Day — which, by the way, is November 6. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Find your polling place here.

Did we miss anything? Email us at [email protected].


Marian Cutler: www.trzaskacutler4boe.com

Shannon Cuttle: https://cuttleforboe.com

Javier Farfan: https://www.boe2018.com

Narda Greene: https://afasomsd.com

Michael Laskowski: https://afasomsd.com

Annemarie Maini: https://www.boe2018.com

Bruno Navarro: https://navarrosoma.com

Christopher Trzaska: www.trzaskacutler4boe.com


All 8 candidates statements can be found here, or you can click on each candidate’s name for individual statements published on Village Green:

ELEC (Election Law Enforcement Commission)

All candidates are required to file campaign forms with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). Find candidate ELEC forms here.


Village Green has published the following coverage on candidate forums (or scroll down for direct access to the videos):

Remaining forums:


SOMA Justice and PARES submitted questions to the candidates for a Scorecard focusing on race and equity issues and posted the answers here.

SEPAC (the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) submitted questions to the candidates related to special education and services and posted the answers here.

SOMA Black Parent Workshop submitted 9 questions for candidates on issues of race and equity including racial disparities in suspensions, supports for Black students in advanced-education classes, the Amistad curriculum, and posted the answers here. 


Members of the community were invited to send letters stating why they support any chosen candidate (deadline is November 2, 5 p.m. but publication cannot be guaranteed depending on volume). The letters must focus on the chosen candidate(s) and refrain from attacks on other candidates. Letters are posted at the discretion of the editors.

Marian Cutler and Christopher Trzaska — 

Letter: Cutler & Trzaska Are Wise Choices for BOE, Committed to Restoring Trust, Respect — Jamie Cutler

Letter: Trzaska and Cutler are Committed to Full, Open Communication on the BOE — Susan and Duncan Rogers

Shannon Cuttle — 

Letter: Maini, Cuttle & Farfan Are Best Suited to Shoulder Hard Decisions Facing BOE — Ronni Schwartz

Letter: Shannon Cuttle Brings Experienced Leadership for Sustainable Change — Gail Greenstein, Ed.D

Letter: Columbia High School Student-Activists Support Cuttle for BOE — Phoebe Hill, Laila Gold, Lily Forman and Olivia Hirsch

Letter: Cuttle Brings Both Passion and Expertise — Steve Mershon

Daugherty: Cuttle is Committed to Ensuring Students Have a Voice — Beth Daugherty

Letter: Cuttle is Uniquely Qualified for South Orange-Maplewood BOE — Roni Bamforth

Letter: Cuttle Will Help Create a Supportive, Welcoming School System — Jane A. Perry

Letter: Cuttle Brings Broad, Systemic Approach to SOMSD — Peter Haugen

LETTER: I Endorse Shannon Cuttle for South Orange-Maplewood BOE — Ken Feinleib

Narda Chisholm-Greene and Michael Laskowski —

Letter: Laskowski, Chisholm-Greene Share a Passion to Restore Excellence in Our Schools — Julie Campbell

Letter: Laskowski & Chisholm-Greene Are True Community Leaders — Howie Teitelbaum

Letter: Chisholm-Greene and Laskowski Will Tackle District’s Serious Issues — Lisa King Nolet

Annemarie Maini and Javier Farfan —

Letter: Maini, Cuttle & Farfan Are Best Suited to Shoulder Hard Decisions Facing BOE — Ronni Schwartz

Robin Baker: Maini and Farfan Will Help SOMSD Turn Important Corner — Robin Baker

Letter: Maini & Farfan Will Ensure Changes Are Made Thoughtfully, Equitably — Christine Houseworth

Daugherty: Maini and Farfan Understand the Challenges Ahead for SOMSD — Beth Daugherty

Letter: Maini and Farfan Understand the Changes Our District Needs — Jessie Wendt

Letter: A Vote for Maini is a Vote for Every Child in SOMSD — Kathy Ehrich Dowd

Letter: Maini and Farfan are Most Qualified for BOE — Bill and Peggy Tally

OPINION PIECES by Candidates

Navarro: Let’s Consider the Effect of Lockdown Drills on Students

Navarro: Challenges and Opportunities in Current South Orange-Maplewood Superintendent Search

Cuttle: Supporting Every Child and Closing the Achievement Gap Through Equity and Innovation


The News-Record of Maplewood and South Orange has also been covering South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education candidate forums. Read here.


Joy Yagid has videotaped the four community forums that have taken place through November 1 on behalf of SOMAtv.

South Orange Maplewood Cares About Schools Forum:

League of Women Voters/Presidents’ Council:

Hilton Neighborhood Association Forum:
South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race Forum:

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