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Township Committee Candidates Will Take Part in LWV Forum Tonight

The League of Women Voters will host a Candidates' Forum at 8 p.m.

The two candidates running for a seat on the Cranford Township Committee will have an opportunity to share their views on local issues during a Candidates' Forum that the League of Women Voters will host tonight at 8 p.m. in town hall.

Issues such as flood control, shared services and the ongoing fight against redevelopment on Birchwood Avenue will likely be discussed as Democrat Thomas Hannen Jr. and Republican Scott Mease field questions from the audience. Mease and Hannen are both seeking election to the single seat that will be up for grabs in the November election. Republican Mayor David Robinson's term is set to expire at the end of the year, but after nearly six years on the dias, he has chosen not to seek re-election.

The outcome of the November election will determine the balance of power on the Township Committee. Currently, the governing body is made up of three Republicans - Robinson and new members Andis Kalnins and Lisa Adubato Nesi, as well as two Democrats - Edward O'Malley and Kevin Campbell. If Hannen wins a spot on the committee, the Democrats will again have control of the Township Committee.

Hannen, who ran unsuccessfully alongside former Mayor Daniel Aschenbach last year, has been involved in the Flood Advisory Committee as well as several other township organizations. Hannen has been involved in politics for several years. He spent 12 years as a councilman in Winfield, four of them as the mayor.

Mease is a former township commissioner. He ran for Township Committee 10 years ago in 2002 and served from 2003 through 2005. He was one of several residents whose home sustained heavy damage as a result of Hurricane Irene. As a result, he has an especially strong interest in flood control efforts.

A. Mueller October 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
What I would like to hear from both candidates, especially Mr. Mease who previously served and appointed Mr. Eric Mason as police chief, is why do we still have an acting Administrator one year later? The township committee interviewed candidates for Police Chief, hiring a consultant for the process, and the outcome was hiring Lt. James Wozniak as Chief. Mr. Mason has not filed his retirement papers as of yet with PFRS to entire, and now at the 11th hour wants a 2 year contract as Administrator? What other town administrator has such a contract? Is that allowed by state law? Did Ms. schmid have a contract? Why was there a special session of the Township Committee this past Monday, and why has Mr. Mason yet to file for retirement as Police Chief?
Rosanne October 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I would think there are many Cranford taxpayers asking the same questions...good ones. We await the answers. What about the credentials for one who wishes to serve as township administrator? What is criteria for this position and does the current acting admin meet the description with credentials in hand. By the way what happened to the former admin, Ms Schmid? This is a genuine inquiry as a taxpayer.
Tina October 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Its quite obvious by now that the issue, and position of Administrator has become a political football. And what is awful about the whole thing, the Cranford taxpayer is paying for every seat in the proverbial stadium where this game is being played, and yet we are not allowed in to see the 'game', much less tailgate in the parking lot. Why did the committee interview candidates for police chief and select and individual to succeed Mr. Mason over a month ago, yet here we are still with an interim Administrator who is also working as the police chief, collecting a salary + a $50,000 stipend on top for being acting Administrator? Not bad work if you can get it in this economy! I noticed Mr. Morin & Mr. Mason enjoying a nice lunch together yesterday, glad to see they find the time to get together outside the Committee room and make meaningful progress on issues that matter to the Cranford taxpayer. What will be telling is if the resolution of the Acting Administrator happens to coincide with the favorable outcome of a particular political party on or around Nov. 6th.

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