Candidate Statements

November 14, 2018

Hello Maplewood,  First of all, I want to extend a big Thank you to all the 1,175 voters who trusted me and put their faith in my candidacy. I will always be forever grateful that you believed in me and I wish I could hug and thank you all in person.  As you know, I lost the election but I ...

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When I sat in the hallway outside the Essex County Clerk’s Office in July, trying to think of a three-word slogan for my Board of Education run, the words “Transparency, Accountability, Dignity” quickly came to mind. Over the course of the next few months, I sat in living rooms, coffee shops and ...

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As residents of Maplewood since 2005, my wife Janet and I have had the great fortune of seeing our children Christopher and Katie (a senior and freshman at Columbia High School, respectively) grow and thrive in the district for the past 11 years. As an active participant in their pursuits and their ...

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” — Albert Einstein When deciding to run for one of three spots on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, I wanted to ...

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We share the deep conviction -- based on our own personal experiences -- that all children are capable of excellence. Growing up, we both had special, caring teachers who made a transformative difference in our lives. (See Javier's and Annemarie's personal statements.) We believe  it is a teacher’s ...

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Twenty-eight percent. A whopping 28 percent of students in South Orange and Maplewood do not attend their “zoned” schools, according to the district’s own figures. While that figure undoubtedly includes families who have opted to send their children to another school, it’s still a surprising ...

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My mom thinks I'm crazy -- about running for the school board I mean. In fact, most of my family back in my old NYC neighborhood think I'm crazy. And a neighbor here in Maplewood just said the same thing. So why am I doing it? Why me? What do I think I can bring to the Board of Education if ...

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I am running to serve my second term on the South Orange Maplewood School Board.  I am fortunate to have deep roots in our community. I moved here 14 years ago with my husband and two wonderful children.​​​​​​Dilsher just graduated CHS and Sumer is a Junior at CHS. I have a long history of ...

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It has been a true privilege to serve the people of Maplewood for the past three years, and I am excited to be seeking another term on the Township Committee.  I am proud of what Nancy and I have accomplished with our colleagues during our first term.  From leading reforms within the Maplewood ...

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One of the issues that led me to run for the Board of Education was student safety, particularly the way that our children were subjected to traumatic lockdown drills and the complete lack of transparency around them for parents. Last year, as first-time South Orange-Maplewood School District ...

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Our children deserve a safe and healthy learning environment. Of course, most people would say they agree. Yet for far too long, our district has neglected routine maintenance and repairs that have only gotten worse with time, and driven up the costs for current and future generations. As a ...

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At the second of two updates on the superintendent search for the South Orange-Maplewood School District, Dr. William Librera highlighted some of the critical characteristics the community needs in its next educational leader. “When you have a community with a growing population — and it’s got ...

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In addition to participating in upcoming debates, BOE candidate Shannon Cuttle is encouraging unmediated dialogue with all members of the SOMA community. Cuttle's campaign has two campaign events open to the public coming up: an Open House at Cedar Ridge Cafe on Thursday, October 11, 6 pm - 8 pm, ...

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More than 20 years of experience as a journalist — covering everything from education to municipal government, from business to technology, and everything in between — has provided me a unique skill set that includes a capacity to absorb varied viewpoints and factual evidence; it has also ...

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