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Meet the 'South Orange 2017' Candidates for Board of Trustees: Walter Clarke, Karen Hilton, and Stephen Schnall

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L to R: Walter Clarke, Karen Hilton, and Stephen Schnall, "South Orange 2017" candidates for the South Orange Board of Trustees. Credits: South Orange 2017
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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Walter Clarke, Karen Hilton, and Stephen Schnall, running together as "South Orange 2017" will share "Line B" on the ballot for three open positions on the South Orange Board of Trustees in the upcoming municipal election on May 9.

While Clarke and Schnall are returning incumbents for the Board of Trustees, Karen Hilton is a new candidate. Both Clarke and Schnall have served on the board of trustees for over two years.

“I’m excited and energized,” said Hilton. “I’ve enjoyed hearing from so many neighbors and residents as part of the petitioning process.”

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In order to run in the election for the South Orange Board of Trustees, every candidate must present 135 signed petitions from resident, legal voters to the clerk's office. Clarke, Hilton and Schnall gave the office over 200 petitions on March 1.

“Getting out there and meeting residents to hear concerns is a key part of the process,” said Clarke.

One major aspect of the campaign platform is a new master plan for South Orange, according to Clarke. He explained his interest in including a sustainability element in the new Village Master Plan, which will encourage green design in all new developments and true sustainability for South Orange’s future.

Clarke also said that the town has many infrastructure issues that need to be carefully addressed in the coming years. Whether it is essentials like the water system or cosmetic renovations to municipal buildings, Clarke explained that deferred maintenance has meant that the town infrastructure needs work to properly support citizens and future growth.

“I have learned that village governance is really about collaboration, and my colleagues on the Board, as well as many of our major volunteers in town, are a continual inspiration,” said Clarke.  “I’m looking forward to four more years of building on past successes and pushing for positive change in South Orange.”

The South Orange Municipal Election is Tuesday, May 9.

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