‘Meet The Candidates’ For Mayor, Town Council This October

Submit questions you’d like them to answer by next week

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.


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ref September 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Hi Jessica,just a question,who will be selecting the questions that the candidates will have to answer? will they be sealed until the"Meet the Candidates Night"? maybe the should be picked by someone that is not really interested in Mahwah Politics,just saying
Jessica Mazzola (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Hi ref -- I'm not sure, but I will reach out to the library board to find out. This year, residents are submitting questions directly to the library board, and I know members told me similar questions will be consolidated. I think it may be a combination of board members and the moderators choosing the questions, but I will let you know once I find out for sure.
Ira September 28, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Choosing questions candidates will answer is straight out of Mao and Gebels books. Democracy anyone? is it just me?
Anne Kaya September 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM
hi jessica, can you write for us a brief summary of what each candidate stands for? or will that come after the meet the candidates meeting? think it would be helpful to have before --- a paragraph on each that perhaps they submit.


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