In anticipation of the upcoming municipal elections, the Mahwah Library Board of Trustees will host its second annual ‘Meet the Candidates’ nights this October. This year, the event will be broken down into two separate events – one night for the five council candidates running for three open seats, and one night for the two candidates running for mayor.
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 will be 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.”
This year, he said the board decided to split the event into two nights because of the number of candidates running, seven in total.
Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mahwah Senior Center residents can meet town council candidates Lisa DiGiulio, Jonathan Marcus, John Roth, Steve Sbarra and Todd VanDuren.
The following week, Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mahwah Senior Center residents can meet mayoral candidates William Laforet and Ed Sinclair.
Residents can submit their questions at the library’s front desk, or via this link.