NUTLEY, NJ - The starting pistol for the Nutley Board of Commissioners race was fired on Friday and the track is already full of candidates.

Four of the current Township of Nutley commissioners are seeking re-election, two others have made statements about running, and four other residents are rumored to being interested in making a go at the community's top governing body.  

Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli, Tom Evans, Al Petracco, and Mauro Tucci have stated they will be running for re-election. Chris Cullari and Sam Fleitell have told TAPinto Nutley that they are running. Everyone else is just a rumor at this point.

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In order to make it on the ballet for the May 12 race, candidates must obtain a candidate packet from the Office of the Municipal Clerk in Nutley Town Hall. The packets were first made available on Friday. By the end of the day Friday, three packets were picked up by those seeking office.

The first hurdle in the race is obtaining petition signatures. To even be considered, a candidate must have 225 registered voters sign their petition. Only one registered voter is allowed per page of the form. The form is more detailed than just signing one's name on a list.

Candidates and their supporters may wish to take note of the TAPinto Nutley 2020 Election Policies that include information regarding issues like candidate statements and political advertising. 

TAPinto Nutley will be following the election closely.


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