Election Government South Orange Towns

South Orange Trustee, Village President Candidates Hosting Campaign Kickoff March 15

Trustees Mark Rosner, Sheena Collum, Howard Levison and Deborah Davis Ford.
Trustees Mark Rosner, Sheena Collum, Howard Levison and Deborah Davis Ford.

Three candidates for South Orange Village Trustee and one for Village President are hosting a campaign’s kickoff event on Sunday, March 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Above Restaurant and Bar.

Meanwhile another candidate is working to collect the necessary number of signatures to file by the deadline this afternoon.

Trustee Sheena Collum, who will run for Village President; and trustees Mark Rosner, Howard Levison and Deborah Davis Ford, who are each running for reelection as trustee, are running on the same ticket: “South Orange 2015.” They have invited the public to attend their campaign kickoff event through a Facebook invitation.

Longtime resident Alisa Aronson still needs to file her election petition for both Trustee and Village President. Potential candidates are required to collect 123 signatures on a petition to become eligible to enter the race. Aronson, a resident of Jespy House, attempted to run for Trustee in 2011 but her petition was short several signatures and was declared invalid by the township administrator.

The deadline to submit signed petitions is Monday, March 9.

Election day is May 12, 2015.

The governing body is comprised of an elected Board of Trustees consisting of six Trustees and a Village President, all of whom serve four-year terms. Three Trustees are elected biennially. (In the event that Collum is elected as President, the Board of Trustees can appoint someone to fill the seat until the next municipal or general election — whichever comes first — when a new trustee can be elected to fill the seat. The next election is in November.)

Collum, who is leading the ticket, said “In the upcoming weeks, we look forward to unveiling an aggressive platform which will hit on topics such as municipal finance, shared/regional services, redevelopment, business recruitment, public safety, and building a culture of customer service for our residents. What I want more than anything is for this community to be proud of the people who take an oath to serve them. It’s what motivates me every day.”

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