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Montclair’s 2020 municipal elections will take place — by mail-in ballot only due to the COVID-19 pandemic — through Tuesday, May 12. Ballots were mailed out to registered voters last month. If you are registered in Montclair and have not received your ballot, visit the Essex County Clerk’s website to apply for a replacement.

All seven positions on Montclair’s Township Council will be up for election: the mayor, two at-large council seats, and four ward council seats. Voters will vote for one mayor, two at-large councilors, and a councilor for the ward in which they live.

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There are 14 candidates in total, representing one slate of seven candidates, one slate of six candidates, and one independent candidate. Voters are voting for individuals, not entire slates.

The “Montclair 2020 Progress in Action” slate includes Sean Spiller (mayor), Bob Russo and Roger Terry (at-large), William Hurlock (First Ward), Robin Schlager (Second Ward), and Lori Price Abrams (Third Ward).

The “Your Voice Montclair” slate includes Renee Baskerville (mayor), James Cotter and Peter Yacobellis (at-large), John Hearn (First Ward), Christina Thomas (Second Ward), Marguerite Joralemon (Third Ward), and David Cummings (Fourth Ward).

Running independently is Carmel Loughman (at-large).

Below, you will find all of Montclair Local’s coverage of the municipal election, including issue statements from the candidates themselves, coverage of several election forums hosted by Montclair organizations, election news, and opinions from Montclair residents:

Meet the candidates

The candidates provided us their biographies, which you can read by clicking here.

Additionally, Montclair Local reached out to all 14 candidates for a Q&A on some of the key issues facing the township in the future. Their answers can be found on the following links:

Candidates’ forums

Election news coverage

Opinion pieces

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