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Election Guide 2016: A Preview of the Maplewood and South Orange Ballot for November 8

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Election Day is quickly approaching for South Orange and Maplewood, with major elections both nationally and locally on the ballot. Voting takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NATIONAL AND STATE ELECTIONS

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton headline the ballot in the presidential race, with seven other candidates in tow. Up for election to the House of Representatives 10th Congressional District for a two year term are Donald Payne Jr. (D) and David Pinckney (R). The choices for Surrogate include Theodore Stephens II (D) and John Piserchia (R).

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MAPLEWOOD TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE ELECTION

On the Maplewood ballot is an additional set of candidates: those running for the Maplewood Township Committee. Voters have a choice of two candidates, Michael Summersgill (R) and Frank MeGehee (D). The term lasts three years.

Learn more about Michael Summersgill here.

Learn More about Frank McGehee here.

Coverage of the candidate debates can be found here (Hilton Neighborhood Association on Sept. 25) and here (League of Women's Voters on Oct. 6).

SOUTH ORANGE MAPLEWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION

Candidates running for the South Orange Maplewood Board Of Education (SOMBOE) are: Johanna Wright, Susie Adamson, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, James Davis III, and Anthony Mazzocchi.

Johanna Wright and Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad are current members of the SOMBOE, with Lawson-Muhammad serving as the 1st Vice President.

Voters can select three of the five candidates to serve a three year term on the board.

STATE PUBLIC QUESTIONS

Two questions at the end of the ballot gauge public opinion on tax related changes to New Jersey state policy. The first state public question asks about the possibility of additional casino permits being granted to new bidders, whereas no new permits have normally been issued. The second state public question proposes that the tax collected on diesel fuel be appropriated entirely to the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, rather than the traditional 10.5% that had been previously dedicated to the fund.

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