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Township Council Candidates' Forum This Week

Three seats up for grabs in May

Come hear this year's council candidates and their take on the issues this week at a forum scheduled on Thursday, April 26 at the Thomas A. Edison Central Six School, 75 William Street in West Orange.

The venue opens at 6:30 p.m. with the forum starting at 7 p.m.

The candidates currently vying for the three four-year seats are: incumbent council members , Joe Krakoviak and .

Council candidates Jake Freivald, Jerry Guarino, Rodolfo Rodriguez and Clare Silvestri are also in the running.

Councilman Krakoviak will be with Frievald, his former campaign manager, and Silvestri, his wife. The trio are calling themselves "Team Krakoviak."

The other candidates so far, are running independently.

To read more about each candidate click . Elections are scheduled for May 8, Tuesday.

-Patch Staff

Gary Englert April 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Given Kevin Malanga and Mike Taylor have filed suit towards essentially overturning the redevelopment ordinances, I'm inclined to believe our elected officials will be unable to discuss the matter at the upcoming debate. Given the petition is also likely to become subject to legal action, it probably can't be discussed either.
Adam Kraemer April 25, 2012 at 12:50 AM
There will still be lots to talk about - I hope it is an issue oriented debate devoid of mud slinging. I am actually in the position of liking all seven people who are running as individuals but can only vote for three. I have three in mind but I truly want to find out what the issues are. I am interested in expanding shared services, rezoning the town for more commercial use, shifting to mayoral control of the BOE, and petitioning the state to abolish county governance via a state constitutional convention, I also want lower taxes, and better trash pick up contract, and some how backing out of the Edison P.I.L.O.T those are my issues which ever three come closest to fitting my views gets my votes.
Gary Englert April 25, 2012 at 03:05 AM
@ Adam Kraemer: Political debates in this town have long been non-events and hardly debates in the truest sense of the word. Most of the time is spent responding to previously supplied questions with no more gravitas than those posed in a beauty pageant final. Yes, our greatest hope is world peace. So far as "rezoning the town for more commercial use," spot zoning (which is essentially what you are suggesting) is illegal and absent raising residential neighborhoods to create sufficient land for "commercial use," just where would you suggest such commercial development go? Everyone is interested in shared services. I don't believe the citizenry would embrace a mayorally appoint Board of Ed. The PILOT isn't going away so disabuse yourself of the notion it should or will, If the garbage contract is a concern (why?), only the two most senior incumbents running have any familiarity with the process at all

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