Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Robert Jackson garners huge majority of votes in the 4th ward.
The final local election results—certified by the Essex County Clerk—show mayoral candidate Karen Turner performing well in the 1st ward, but mayor-elect Robert Jackson winning the vast majority of votes in the 4th ward. Overall, Jackson got 3,897 votes compared with 2,570 for Turner and 1,705 for mayoral candidate Harvey Susswein. In the 1st ward, Turner earned 991 votes compared with 805 for Jackson and 665 for Susswein. However, in the 4th ward, Jackson got 1,250 votes compared with 140 for Turner and 136 for Susswein. When it comes to the council-at-large positions, Robert Russo earned 3,503; Rich McMahon got 2,731; LeeAnn Carlson got 2,541; Peter Zorich got 2,508, Tim Barr got 1,955; Kathryn Weller-Demming got 1,246; and Patricia …
Monday, May 14, 2012
"Negative ads work and will be found in every campaign in the future," he says.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Third Ward losing candidate Chris Swenson—who has worked on Democratic campaigns for the US Senate, Congressional seats as well NJ Senate and Assembly races—answers a few questions now that the local election is over. Campaign retrospective: What are your first thoughts with the election now behind us? I congratulate the entire Jackson slate and Bill Hurlock for their victories. My hat’s off particularly to Sean Spiller, who worked hard and deserved his win in the Third Ward. I congratulated him on election night. Both he and Jeff Jacobson are good guys. All the new council members have a difficult time ahead of them and will need a lot of help to get Montclair to a better place. They should know a lot us are willing to pitch in. My …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Here are a few videos from Byron Huart to give you an inside peek at election night.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Videographer Byron Huart visited the campaign headquarters of Montclair 2012, the slate that swept Tuesday's local election. He got an inside peek at what was happening at headquarters as the election results came in. In addition, Huart visited the Real Progress Montclair slate at Tierney's—filming mayoral candidate Karen Turner's concession speech—and also the Montclair 2012 slate at Egan's. Take a look at his attached videos.
The slate issues a statement to the winning candidates
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Individual congratulations have gone out to some of the winning candidates, but not yet all. Therefore all of the candidates on the Real Progress Montclair slate would like to release this statement to send congratulations to all of the winning candidates in last night's Montclair municipal elections: The Real Progress Montclair team (RPM) would like to extend congratulations to Robert Jackson, Rich McMahon, Bill Hurlock, Bob Russo, Robin Schlager, Sean Spiller and Renee Baskerville on their victories in yesterday's election. We will support their efforts to tackle our rising taxes and excessive debt while maintaining the values we all hold dear. Our approaches to these issues may be different, but each of the candidates who ran has only…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
"I woke up this morning and was as happy as on any morning waking up as mayor of Montclair," he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Jerry Fried predicted that mayoral candidate Robert Jackson would win the local election with 40 percent of the vote. He predicted that Karen Turner would come in second with 35 percent and that Harvey Susswein would come in third with 25 percent. On Tuesday night, Jackson, a former mayor leading the Montclair 2012 slate, did even better than Fried had anticipated, raking in 3,878 votes, or 48 percent. Turner received 2,516 votes, or 31 percent, and Susswein received 1,682 votes. On Wednesday afternoon, Fried—who was campaign manager for Deputy Mayor Kathryn Weller-Demming—chatted with Montclair Patch about the election and reflected on the various campaigns. Q) What's your overall feeling today about how the …
Karen Turner seeks to set the record straight Wednesday
Robert Jackson, elected mayor Tuesday night by a wide margin—and others on his Montclair 2012 slate—have vowed to move Montclair forward and to start the healing process following a long and contentious race. "I guarantee you there will be a big difference. A new Montclair. A new future," he told supporters Tuesday night. But will he be able to bring together a town that became increasingly divided between supporters of three very different slates over the last few weeks? Tim Barr, who ran as an at-large candidate on the For Montclair slate, said there absolutely has to be some healing. "We all care about the town ... I think it would be helpful for [Jackson] to use the ideas of those who didn't get elected ... I think many of those who …
Students say they were receiving community service hours to pass out Montclair 2012 flyers
The election may be over but the accusations apparently aren't. A Montclair Patch reader emailed the attached photo of Paul Louigene (left) and Jawuan Crawford (right), both students at West Orange High School. They were in the fourth ward on Tuesday to hand out flyers house to house for the Montclair 2012 slate led by Robert Jackson. The pair—approached on Lincoln Street at about 3:30 p.m.—said they were getting community service hours for their work. In March, Glenfield Middle School Principal Charles Miller was forced to send out an email saying that the National Junior Honor Society service opportunity to distribute pamphlets for the Real Progress Montclair slate had been withdrawn, for its partisan nature, and would not count …
Other candidates are invited to email Shelley@patch.com with any final statements
Candidates who were not successful in their campaigns began issuing statements of gratitude and congratulations Wednesday morning. Here are just a few below. From LeeAnn Carlson: I’d like to thank the residents of Montclair who engaged in a real and substantive debate about the challenges and choices facing our town. I’d also like to thank all our supporters for their commitment to what was a collaborative and ultimately positive effort. My sincere congratulations and best wishes to Robert Jackson and our new Town Council. They achieved a hard-fought win yesterday and received a strong mandate from the voters, which should provide momentum to build on as they address the issues and opportunities that face our town LeeAnn Carlson From …
The only exception was a win by Bill Hurlock in the first ward
Following a contentious and hard-fought race, Robert Jackson was declared the mayor of Montclair just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, garnering nearly half the total of 8,024 votes cast in the nonpartisan local election. Jackson, who led the Montclair 2012 slate, received 3,842 votes compared with 2,508 for Karen Turner, of the Real Progress Montclair slate, and 1,676 for Harvey Susswein, of the For Montclair slate. It was nearly a clean sweep for Montclair 2012, with Robin Schlager, Sean Spiller, Bob Russo, and Rich McMahon all racking up wins. The only exception was in the first ward, where newcomer Bill Hurlock beat Councilor Rich Murnick, who was running for re-election on the Montclair 2012 slate. Surrounded by throngs of noisy …
The paper can definitely be recycled
For weeks, campaign signs have been ubiquitous throughout Montclair. Now that the election is over, what should you do with them? Gray Russell, the town's environmental coordinator, said the town recycling center's drop-off definitely includes mixed paper—which includes the paper part of the campaign signs. He notes that metal stakes could be dropped into the scrap metal dumpster at the site. There are three recycling drop-off times at the Public Works Yard located at 219 North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair: Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unacceptable paper products: pizza boxes; food contaminated paper and/or boxes; soiled paper; waxed paper, photographic paper; food wrappers; wax paper; …