SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The winners of the race for South Range Board of Trustees are the three candidates of Line B, Sheena Collum, Stephen Schnall and Walter Clarke, who ran as the South Orange 2013 ticket. They will serve four-year terms on the Board.
The unofficial results tally voter turnout at 18.51% of registered voters, a marked increase from recent municipal elections.
Trustee-elect Collum said, “We are proud that we did not run a populist campaign, and that clearly resonated with voters. We addressed the challenges and specified what our solutions would be. That is what got people to the polls.”
Clarke said, “I am very happy to have run with Sheena and Steve. They made it a lot of fun. I am looking forward to getting to work, and am happy to be with a group that is positive about the possibilities of South Orange. We ran a positive campaign and it worked.”
Shnall said, “While I’m exhausted, I’m also excited. I think we will be able to bring positive changes and make a great town even better.”
Ticket supporter and campaign treasurer Michael Auer said, “I think these new Trustees will be a new spark for this town. Their example of volunteerism will be an incentive for others to volunteer as much as they can to make this town better.”
Line C candidate Robert Sandow was gracious in defeat, saying, “I congratulate the entire Line B team for a very well run campaign.”
The Line A slate of Village First did make the race close. Kelly Mattheiss Sullivan, Joseph Kika and Geraldine Mehu-Moore have not ruled out running again in two years.
Sullivan said, “I am just grateful to have been part of the process and am very appreciative of everyone who helped out with the campaign and everyone who came out and voted. All in all, it has been a very positive experience.”
Mehu said, “I congratulate them on their victory and our hope is that they continue to forge ahead and represent all of the residents of South Orange.” She added, “We want to thank the voters for coming out and voicing their concerns and ideas and we thank them for the opportunity to run.“