VIDEO: Getting To Know Mahwah's Candidates
Videos of the opening statements delivered by each candidate at Wednesday's Candidates Night event.
The crowd at the Senior Center Wednesday night was standing room only to watch the township's three mayoral and two council candidates give their positions on issues facing Mahwah before the upcoming November 8 election.
The "Meet the Candidates" night was sponsored by the Mahwah Public Library Board of Trustees, and set up in such a way that each candidate was given three minutes to introduce him or herself, and then five minutes apiece to respond to predetermined questions. The event was moderated by Patch editor Jessica Mazzola.
For his introduction, John DaPuzzo asked the library board to reconsider the format of the evening, claiming that the board only chose the outlined format to meet the demands of his opponent, Bill Laforet, which Laforet denied. Library board trustee president Curtis Koster said that the format would stay as planned.
He said the board chose this format because it wanted a true "Meet the Candidates" night, not a debate. He said that if another organization wanted to sponsor a debate, they could.
Questions from the audience were not allowed, however candidates stayed after the event to speak with residents from the crowd.
Over the next week, check Patch for candidate responses to the questions asked at the debate. These are the introductions made by each candidate.
Running for a town council position, are Chuck Jandris and Steve Sbarra, and for mayor John DaPuzzo, Bill Laforet and H. Lisa DiGiulio.