HAWTHORNE, NJ - As Hawthorne enters 2020, the new year also brings with it two unusual political events: the appointment of an interim council member and a special election.
The late Ward 3 Councilman Garrett Sinning, who passed away in mid-November of 2019, was the longtime representative for the residents of Ward 3, and was well-liked by the community and his colleagues on the council, as evidenced by his re-election each time he ran and the tribute they paid him at the reorganization meeting in the beginning of January.
Sinning, a Republican, had just been re-elected to the Ward 3 council seat two weeks before he passed away last year. His passing necessitates both the appointment of an interim council member for the ward, and a special election for the seat in mid-November.
Three candidates have expressed interest to the Hawthorne Republican County Committee for the interim appointment: BOE member Michael Sciarra, Planning Board Vice Chair Robert Lucibello, and realtor Anna Marie Sasso. The county committee will make a recommendation to the council.
The interim Ward 3 council member will serve until Sinning's successor is elected in the special election in November; whoever is appointed to the interim council seat could also opt to run in the election to serve out the remainder of Sinning's term, which lasts until the next regular ward council election cycle in 2023.
The last time there was a special election for a council seat in Hawthorne was in 2010, when Councilwoman Shirley Shortway-English resigned. Republican John Lane, who at that time had been a former councilman, won the November 2010 special election, and has since been re-elected to a council-at-large seat twice.
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