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Dueling Debates in Maplewood on Thursday Night

David Lackey

Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 7:00am

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Thursday evening will find residents debating which candidates’ forum to attend.  The contenders for both the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education and the Maplewood Township Committee will be facing off at the same time. How this conflict in scheduling came to be has many residents disappointed.

The three Maplewood Township Committee candidates will participate in a forum sponsored by the Hilton Neighborhood Association at 7:30 p.m. in the DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave.  Marlon Brownlee, Art Gartenlaub and Kurt Kiley are each vying for the one seat currently held by Brownlee.

The Board of Education candidates will be participating in a public forum organized by The League of Women Voters in the Maplewood Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Candidates for the three open seats are incumbents Elizabeth Daugherty and David Giles and first-time candidates Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad and Johanna Wright. 

Residents of South Orange might be inclined to attend the Board of Education forum while Maplewood residents are more likely to attend the forum for which they are most undecided.  Election day is Nov. 5.

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