the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education Election and the Ridgewood Municipal Election (to elect Village Councilmembers) will both be held on the same date, May 12, 2020. These elections will be a vote by mail election only. Vote by mail ballots will be sent to all registered voters, with a deadline to return them to the County. There will be two separate ballots in the envelope sent to you, one for the Board of Education and the second one for the Village Council. The envelopes included with the ballots are postage paid.
The final voter registration date for the May 12, 2020 dual election (Board of Education and Village Council) is April 21, 2020. Voter registration forms must be at the Bergen County Superintendent of Elections Office by this date.
We have mentioned Ridgewood BOE candidates and the Ridgewood blog has endorsed Dani, Kwak, Lembo, but we have not mentioned much about the equally important Village Council elections or any of the Candidates .
Ridgewood’s Village Council election is also set for May 12. The winning candidates will assume office July 1. There are three open seats , with Councilwoman Bernie Walsh being the only incumbent in a five-way contest .
Also running are the following ;Sergio Alegre, who chairs the village’s zoning board, and Mahmoud Hamza, leader of the Muslim Society of Ridgewood.
Next we have Pamela Perron, a lawyer, and member of the village’s environmental issues committee, the vice president of Ridgewood’s League of Women Voters . Perron also coordinated the local League’s “Observer Corps” program, which sends volunteers to municipal meetings to gather summaries.
The 5th candidate Lorraine Reynolds, who was among the people who filed suit against former Mayor Paul Aronsohn and former Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld for allegedly using village funds to promote construction of a parking deck. Reynolds was also a plaintiff in a dismissed OPRA-related suit against Councilman Voigt who had previously alleged he was being harassed by people filing a deluge of anonymous OPRAs seeking his email correspondence, which he said were attempts to oust him from the council, Voigt later posted those OPRAs online but didn’t obscure phone numbers, emails and home addresses for Reynolds and two other plaintiffs, all of who filed separate, unsuccessful complaints against him.