Hey Montclair – we can do better.
As of Wednesday evening, only 4,947 ballots have been received for the Montclair Municipal Election, according to Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin. Montclair’s election turnout in 2016 was an all-time low, but understandable given that all but one incumbent councilor ran unopposed. In 2012, 8,024 voters cast a ballot. In 2019, Montclair had 32,588 registered voters.
Unofficial results will be uploaded to www.essexclerk.com at 8:30pm on Election night (May 12th).
Ballots can still be received by the Board of Elections up to May 14th as long as the ballot was postmarked on Election Day (May 12th) or earlier.
May 12th elections in Belleville, Irvington, Montclair, Newark, Nutley, and Orange will be an all Vote by Mail Elections.
Posted by Chris Durkin on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Not sure who to vote for? Below you can see who are the candidates running for mayor, each ward and the at-large seats.
All the candidates participated in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area. Baristanet readers then voted on the candidates that impressed them the most.
Montclair High School Democrats Youth & Politics series has videos with the two mayoral candidates as well as the candidates for each ward and councilor at large.
Click to hear to read about how the candidates answered issues raised by Bike&Walk Montclair.
You get to cast your vote for mayor, then choose a councilor for your ward and two councilors for the two at-large seats. You can mix and match across the ballot or vote one slate across one line.
Dr. Renee Baskerville
* Current Fourth ward councilor (since 2008)
* Stopped cell phone tower in South End; advocated for rent control ordinance.
* Past member of Montclair Board of Education
*Current Third Ward councilor (since 2012)
*High school science teacher and vice president of New Jersey Education Association
*Worked to pass mandatory sick leave.
*Fought to ban single use plastic bags.
*Entrepreneur and business consultant
*Founded The Junto, a community service organization
*Current First Ward Councilor (since 2012)
*Attorney, former federal prosecutor
*Fought to prevent high density construction in First Ward & preserve Upper Montclair Train Station, Bellevue Library
*Served on Board of School Estimate & Finance Committees
*Current Second Ward Councilor (since 2012)
*Associate director of development for the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.
*Served as director of Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) for 14 years
*Salvation Army board member
*Attorney with MBA and completing Masters in Public Policy
*Essex County Democratic Committee delegate for Montclair’s 2nd Ward.
*Trained foster parent; Edgemont PTA hospitality chair
Lori Price Abrams
*Co-founder, Undoing Racism Committee at Universal Unitarian Congregation
*Helped found Portland Place Neighborhood Association
*Yoga teacher at the YMCA
*Served on Montclair Board of Education
*Past Vice-Chairman of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation (MNDC)
*Nominated to Montclair Civil Rights Commission
*Former editor, ESPN
*Self-described fiscal conservative running independent of a slate.
*MBA in Finance from NYU; trained in risk analysis
*Serves on Montclair Planning Board
*Swam across the Hudson River
*History teacher at Columbia High School
*Member of Cloverhill Place/Grove Terrace Neighborhood Association; fought for thoughtful development of Lackawanna Plaza
*Serves on Montclair July 4th Committee; member, Public Art Selection Committee.
*Past organizer of First Night Montclair
*Director, human resources and facilities for Amicus Therapeutics
*Former director, New York City office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo
*Former chief of staff, marketing and human resources, American Express
*Co-chaired the Trevor Project Board’s Government Affairs Committee
*Currently serving as At-Large Councilor
*Served as Mayor of Montclair from 2000-2004
*Former First Ward Councilor
*Professor teaching public administration, Montclair State Univerity
*Served as Montclair Deputy Chief of Police
*Served as At-Large Councilor from 2008-2012
*Trained in emergency response management
Candidates Running As A Slate