SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When South Orange Trustees Walter Clarke and Steven Schnall announced yesterday that they each will not be seeking a third term on the Board of Trustees, TAPinto SOMA reached out to Village President Sheena Collum for her reaction. 

“Trustee Clarke and Trustee Schnall will be greatly missed from the Board of Trustees,” Collum said via email. “They both epitomize the term 'servant leadership.'”

Walter and Steve represent the best of what politics and government should look like.

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She added that “while their collective contributions to our community would be a novel for me to write (and I intend to before their terms are complete), I’d rather focus on who they are as people. Above and beyond talent and dedication alone, Walter and Steve represent the best of what politics and government should look like.”

Clarke, Schnall, and Collum were running mates for seats on the Board of Trustees in 2013. “They listen and learn from those around them, they freely share their knowledge and perspectives in constructive ways to identify collaborative solutions, and they make everyone around them better, including me, just being who they are.” 

She said she respects their decisions not to run again, “particularly with the intimate knowledge of how much work and time the job entails. But this is not goodbye, I know these two incredible and wildly amazing individuals well enough to know they will absolutely remain committed to helping move our community forward however they can.”



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