For the first time this election season, Mahwah residents will get the opportunity to hear what both candidates for mayor have to say.
In anticipation of the upcoming municipal elections, the Mahwah Library Board of Trustees will host the second half of its ‘Meet the Candidates’ night Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior Center.
Both candidates for the job – current mayor Bill Laforet and township DPW Superintendent Ed Sinclair – are expected to attend.
According to a release sent out by the library board, the candidates will have three minutes to introduce themselves, then five minutes each to respond to questions posed by local members of the media, including Patch editor Jessica Mazzola, who will act as the evening’s moderators. The questions were pre-selected from those submitted to the library board by Mahwah residents.
Unlike at last year’s ‘Meet the Candidates Night,’ those running for office will not know the questions beforehand.
“No questions will be entertained from the audience and there will no debating between the candidates. This 'Meet the Candidates Night' is meant to be just that, an opportunity for the electorate of Mahwah to meet the candidates and hear their positions on relevant local issues,” the release said.
According to Library Board of Trustees President Curtis Koster, “we wanted to hold another ‘Meet the Candidates’ night because last year’s was very well attended. We had over 300 people, and a lot of positive feedback.”
Last week, about 75 residents came to see four of the candidates running for seats on the town council. See video highlights and coverage of what those candidates had to say here.