SOMA Action will host a candidate forum on May 2, at 8 p.m., at the Baird Center (5 Mead Street) in South Orange.

South Orange, NJ --- SOMA Action will host a 90-minute Forum to meet and learn more about the four candidates running for Board of Trustee positions for the Township of South Orange. The program will be co-moderated by Mary Barr Mann, co-Founder of, and Michael Paris, Associate Professor & Director of Legal Studies Institute at The College of Staten Island. Trustee elections will take place on May 9, 2017.

The four candidates are running for three Trustee positions. The Township of South Orange Village's governing body is comprised of an elected Board of Trustees consisting of six elected Trustees and an elected Village President, all seven of whom serve four-year terms without any remuneration. Three Trustees are elected biennially. SOMA Action invites all interested residents to come out and attend the Forum.

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"SOMA Action is dedicated to ensuring that voters are well-informed about local, state and national elections,” says Sally Unsworth, a member of the group’s steering committee. “Our Voting Rights Committee has been on the streets registering voters and providing information about the Board of Trustee and other elections. This Forum provides an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear from them directly about the issues that are most important to South Orange residents.”

For more information about South Orange elections, see:

The 2017 South Orange Board of Trustee candidates are:

Walter Clarke,

Karen Hilton,

Nureed Saeed,

Stephen Schnall,


SOMA Action is an organization of 800+ members from South Orange, Maplewood, and surrounding communities committed to a progressive agenda of social and environmental justice, transparency in government, and the value of a diverse and inclusive community. We are action-oriented, and seek to facilitate, support, and initiate political change at the local, state, and national level through peaceful means, including protests, advocacy, and civic engagement.