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Watch: Who Are Mahwah's Council Candidates?

See video of candidates running for town council as they introduce themselves and their positions

Wednesday night, the library board hosted the first half of its second annual ‘Meet the Candidates’ Night.

Four of the five candidates running for three seats on the Mahwah township council gave introductions and answered five questions at the event.

Patch editor Jessica Mazzola was one of three local media members who posed questions to the candidates. The questions were pre-selected from those that had been submitted to the library by Mahwah residents. The candidates did not know what the questions were before they were asked on stage.

As with Patch’s coverage of the ‘Meet the Candidates Night’ last year, check Patch all week long for videos of the candidates answers to the questions.

This first batch of videos are their introductions.

Candidates answered the following questions:

  • Considering the state-mandated 2% tax cap, can you list three areas of expense reduction you would support? Please also discuss any ideas you have for increasing revenue to the township.
  • What roles do you feel privatization and shared services play in municipal governments today? Do you have any ideas for applying these tactics to Mahwah?
  • How do you balance the need for ratables with the desire to maintain Mahwah’s character?
  • What do you feel will be the biggest quality of life issues facing Mahwah residents over the next three years? How would you like to see them addressed?
  • What would you like Mahwah to be known for ten years down the road? What steps would you and could you take now to fulfill that goal?

The second half of the event will be next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahwah Senior Center. The township's two mayoral candidates will be featured at that event.

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Andy Schmidt October 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Thank you, Jessica, for providing video coverage! Hopefully the Municipal News channel will also have the entire session on CV and FIOS cable, and the town will announce the running times.
Mahwah Community News October 11, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Andy, MCN will telecast the entire Library Bd Council Candidates night starting today at 8pm and continuing daily at 2pm and 8pm. Telecasts will be on channel 78 Cablevision and 33 Verizon.
T-Bird 148 October 11, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Where was Mr. Van Duren? Didn't he miss the last event too?
Andy Schmidt October 12, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Thank you very much.
Regenbogen October 12, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Mr. Who?

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