Election Results: Maplewood and South Orange Vote 'Line A' and 'Yes' on Public Questions

November 7, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Residents of SOMA, and Essex County, overwhelmingly voted in favor of the "Line A" democratic candidates and "yes" to the two state public questions.


Philip Murphy got 88% of the SOMA votes for governor, and 80% of the Essex County vote.

The majority of SOMA residents also voted for democrats Richard ...

South Orange - Maplewood School Board Election Results

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There were nine candidates on the ballot for three positions on the South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education (SOMBOE):  Avery Julien, Anthony Mazzocchi, Felisha George, Shannon Cuttle, Lucas Calhoun, Robin Baker, Sheila Shidnia, Elizabeth Baker, and Donna Smith.

The three elected members of the SOMBOE are: Elizabeth Baker, who currently serves as ...

Maplewood Township Committee Election Results

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Three candidates ran for two seats on the Maplewood Township Committee (TC), with the Democratic ticket of incumbent Victor DeLuca, who is currently Mayor, and newcomer Dean Dafis winning, with 46% and 43% of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk.

The Republican challenger Mike Summersgill got about 11% ...

Election Guide 2017: A Preview of the Maplewood and South Orange Ballot for November 7

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - It's Election Day this Tuesday, November 7. Here's everything you need to know about the ballot before you go to the polls to vote:


New Jersey will elect a new Governor when they go to the polls on Tuesday. Running from the major parties are Philip Murphy (D) and Kim Guadagno (R), with five additional candidates on the ballot as ...

Rutgers Law Students Offer Free Assistance to Voters on Election Day

Essex County voters who get turned down to vote next Tuesday, November 7, at their polling places can receive free legal assistance from students at Rutgers Law School in Newark.

If an Essex County resident goes to vote on Election Day and is not permitted to cast their ballot on the voting machine at a polling place, that voter can appear before a judge to obtain a court order allowing them ...

Gubernatorial Candidate Murphy Visits JESPY House in South Orange, Discusses NJ Medicaid Cuts to Adults with Disabilities

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - About 120 clients, family members, friends, staff, and allies of JESPY House, a community-based nonprofit serving adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, met with Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy on October 31 to ask questions and to discuss concerns about recent policy changes in Trenton that adversely impact adults with intellectual and/or ...

Anti-Incumbent School Board Election Material Deemed “Ugly” and “Divisive”; And Does It Violate Federal Rules?

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A four-page handout harshly critical of South Orange - Maplewood school board incumbents Elizabeth Baker and Donna Smith -- which is being distributed by the SOMA Black Parents Workshop -- is being criticized by the targeted candidates who called it a sign of “divisiveness and ugliness” and a misstatement of the record. 

In addition, the ...

$22 Million Maplewood Library Renovation May Depend on Your Vote Tuesday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Election Day will not only give Maplewood voters a chance to decide who serves on the Township Committee and the school board, but will also give the electorate a say in the $22 million Maplewood Library renovation.

Maplewood Library officials say nearly half of the funding needed for the Main Library renovation on Baker Street, which is set to begin next ...

Late Night Voter Registration in Maplewood and South Orange on October 17

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, - NJ - The last day to register to vote in the November election is this Tuesday, October 17. Both Maplewood and South Orange will be open late for voter registration.


The Clerk's office at Town Hall (574 Valley Street) will be open until 9 p.m. on October 17.


Voter registration will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SOMA Action Helps JESPY House Clients Register to Vote

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - JESPY House and SOMA Action co-sponsored two voter registration drives on Tuesday, October 3, to increase the number of JESPY clients who can vote in New Jersey’s upcoming elections.

JESPY House, which is based in South Orange, is a nonprofit organization which helps adults with learning and developmental disabilities to lead independent ...

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Mazzocchi will Put Students First: Candidate Statement from Felisha George and Avery Julien

November 4, 2017

We Support Anthony Mazzocchi for Board of Education

Mazzocchi will Put Students First

Statement by Candidates Felisha George and Avery Julien

As we wind down our campaign for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, and continue to seek voters support on Tuesday November 7, we enthusiastically endorse someone who we never viewed as an opponent, but rather a kindred ...

For Board of Education, Donna Smith stands out

November 6, 2017

In the crowded field of candidates for the BOE this fall, Donna Smith stands out. As a lawyer for decades, she is highly skilled as a reader, editor, and drafter of complex documents. As a leading school volunteer for the last twenty years, she knows as well as anybody the complex history and the complex present of our district. As a person gifted with a temperament that leads her to listen and ...