SOMADEMS, a progressive Democratic group serving South Orange and Maplewood, will host its 2nd Meet the Governor Candidates Forum on Thursday, March 30, featuring New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak, Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna and small business owner Lisa McCormick.

“Part of SOMADEMS’ mission is to inform the people who live here about the important elections and issues affecting our community,” said SOMADEMS Co-Founder Larry Hirsch. “Bringing these candidates here allows our residents to learn about and make an informed decision when they go to vote.”

WHAT: 2nd Meet the Governor Candidates Forum with Lesniak, Zinna and McCormick

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WHEN: Thursday, March 30, at 7 - 10 PM

WHERE: ABOVE Restaurant and Bar, 1 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ

Space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP on the Facebook Event page: is a suggested donation of $5 per person. 

SOMADEMS’ first Meet the Governor Candidates Forum, featuring New Jersey state Assemblyman John Wisniewski and former assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary Jim Johnson, drew more than 250 people to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

A third Meet the Governor Candidates Forum is scheduled for April 25 and will feature former U.S. ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy and retired firefighter Bill Brennan at the Woodland in Maplewood.

SOMADEMS is a grassroots political group that was started to support Democratic candidates and progressive issues important to the towns of South Orange and Maplewood on the local, state and federal level. The group, which includes more than 1,300 politically active residents, is one of a growing number of local political groups that have sprung up in the last year to harness a sharp increase in political activism.