MONTCLAIR, NJ - Mayor Robert Jackson and members of the Montclair Township Council are officially seeking re-election. All candidates are running uncontested, with the exception of the third ward.
As of 4 p.m. on Monday, all candidates seeking election in Montclair were required to have petitions counted by Clerk Linda Wanat in order to be placed on the ballot. Although several individuals including the current elected slate took out petitions, only one newcomer submitted petitions.
Newcomer to the scene will be Maureen Edelson, who will be running for a Third Ward council seat. A longtime resident of Montclair since 1982 with two adult children who were educated in the Montclair Schools, Edelson is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) by profession.
Edelson said, "My platform, should I be successful, focuses on quality of life (health & safety, water, environment, density, quality of construction) and providing a 'check and balance' voice on the council."
Jackson and the members of the Montclair Township Council announced Monday that they will all seek re-election together as the Montclair2016 slate. The candidates running as the Montclair2016 team are:
● Robert Jackson, Mayor
● Bob Russo, At-Large
● Rich McMahon, At-Large
● Bill Hurlock, First Ward
● Robin Schlager, Second Ward
● Sean Spiller, Third Ward
● Renee Baskerville, Fourth Ward
“We ran four years ago on the promise that we would address the fiscal challenges facing our town, while preserving the unique character and values that make Montclair the special place it is,” said slate members in a joint statement. "From day one, we got to work and got results for Montclair taxpayers. We’ve lowered the municipal debt by more than $40 million and our bond rating has been raised twice to AA+.”
The joint statement continued, “We’re gratified that we are running together as a team. Our record speaks to the dedication of our team and our commitment to the town we all love.” The Montclair2016 team will focus on building on the fiscal achievements of the past four years, while continuing to make important investments in Montclair’s future.
Edelson will vy for a third ward council seat and will run against Third Ward councilman Sean Spiller. The other members of the Montclair2016 slate will run uncontested. Spiller has had some recent challenges from Montclair-based group Montclair Kids First (MKF) who challenged his ability to hold a seat on the Board of School Estimate (BoSE) citing a conflict of interest. Spiller is a teacher by profession who currently serves as Secretary of the NJEA teacher's union.
Edelson helped develop her husband's business that opened in 1994, Montclair Physical Therapy, located in Montclair's central business district (South Park Street). Since that time, Edelson says that she has worked to improve the economic vitality of the downtown through her husband's company and her association with the Montclair Chamber of Commerce, the Montclair Economic Development Corporation, and Montclair Center Corporation, the Township's Business Improvement District. She is also an active member of the Rotary of Montclair and Verona.
Jackson added that he wants to continue the progress he's started by seeking re-election. He said, “Our residents deserve representatives who are responsible stewards of their tax dollars, while not compromising on what makes Montclair unique. By lowering the town debt, achieving two consecutive bond rating improvements, while making record investments in roads and infrastructure, we’ve put Montclair on the right track. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue on the success we’ve started. Montclair’s future is brighter than ever.”
Note: Picture of Edelson was not available at the time of publication.