Number of Candidates Vying for Township Council Seat Grows
Another person also throws his hat into the race for mayor
With the local elections only four months away, campaign season is in full swing, with eight candidates now indicating their intention to vy for a spot on the Montclair Township Council.
Those seeking re-election include 4th Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville, 2nd Ward Councilor Cary Africk, Deputy Mayor Kathryn Weller-Demming and, according to The Montclair Times, Councilor-At-Large Roger Terry.
In addition, Timothy Barr has become the second person to throw his hat in the ring for the mayor's seat. Barr stopped by the township clerk's office on Monday to pick up petitions to potentailly run for mayor as well as the at-large council seat.
Earlier this month, Harvey Susswein picked up petitions to run for mayor and also for an at-large council spot.
In addition, attorney William Hurlock picked up a packet to seek election as the 1st ward councilor, and Walter Springer picked up packets to run for 2nd ward councilor and for the at-large councilor seat.
So far, Mayor Jerry Fried has not announced whether he will seek re-election. But Councilor Rich Murnick is expected to announce plans to run again. Councilor Nick Lewis said he hasn't made an announcement but will probably pick up a packet soon "and make up my mind. What I really need is a good group to run with."
Although he has not yet picked up a petition, former Mayor Robert Jackson—who was Montclair’s youngest elected official at the age of 29 and its youngest mayor in 1988—is also expected to put together a slate to run for office.
Three candidates have confimed they will run for township council with Jackson. Chris Swenson and Karen Turner appear to be lining up to run for the at-large positions, while Joe Kavesh will likely run in the 2nd ward. All three have confirmed they are working with Jackson on the slate.