The deadline to file to run in the November election for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education is Monday, July 30.
There are three seats up for election of the nine total Board of Education seats. Only one candidate had filed to run as of noon on July 26: incumbent BOE member Annemarie Maini.
Incumbent and BOE 2nd Vice President Madhu Pai told Village Green she will not to run again. “I will not be seeking re-election,” wrote Pai in an email response to Village Green’s inquiry. “It’s been a (mostly) fulfilling 6 years, but it’s time I shift my focus from all the district’s children to my own children as they enter middle and high school.”
It is unclear if BOE 1st Vice President Chris Sabin will run again. Sabin ran with Maini three years ago. Village Green emailed Maini and Sabin together to inquire if they were running and received a response from Maini alone as of publication. Maini wrote, “At this point it is only me but I have a few people considering running with me.”
Former BOE President Wayne Eastman had previously expressed an interest in working with potential candidates in light of the reassignment of former Columbia Principal Elizabeth Aaron. Eastman told Village Green yesterday: “I’ve been happy to speak with a number of potential candidates, but I’m not fielding any candidates or filing any petitions.”
Felisha George has posted on social media that she an Avery Julien will be running again this year. The two recent Columbia High School graduates ran last year but were not elected. Village Green has reached out to George for confirmation and will update this report when we receive a reply.
Village Green has also talked to a number of rumored candidates. Some confirmed that they are still considering and talking with supporters and potential running mates.
The election for BOE takes place on November 6, 2018.