For those keeping track, a total of eight candidates thus far have picked up petition packets for the Montclair Township Council election, according to the Municipal Clerk’s office. Three – Harvey Susswein, Timothy Barr, and Councilman-At-Large Roger Terry – have indicated their intention to run for Mayor. As of this morning, the probable candidates are:
Councilman-At-Large Roger Terry*
Councilman Cary Africk*
Councilwoman Renee Baskerville*
Councilor Cary Africk*
Deputy Mayor Kathryn Weller-Demming*
* denotes incumbents
Councilor Rich Murnick, who has been rumored to be interested in running for Mayor, confirmed that he had not yet thrown his hat in the ring but that he will likely make a decision by the end of the week.
It has also been reported that former Mayor Robert Jackson is assembling a slate with Chris Swenson, Karen Turner and Joe Kavesh, with Jackson possibly running for Mayor.
“There is nothing new to report,” said Jackson on Tuesday afternoon. “I’m not trying to be coy, but for now I’m going to keep my mouth shut.” Jackson said he would probably decide whether or not to run in the next week to ten days.
The elections will be held in May.