Six candidates are running for three seats in the May 9 Town Council election. To help voters meet the candidates and learn about their views, MyVeronaNJ.com will be holding a candidates forum on Wednesday, April 26, and asking every candidate to respond to a weekly question about the issues facing Verona. If you are not yet registered to vote from Verona, you have until April 18 to do so for this election (get the forms here). Our story also has information on getting a mail-in ballot: Anyone can now vote by mail for any reason.
Mayor Kevin Ryan is the lone member of the current council running for re-election. The other candidates are Donna Cannizzaro, Carrie Ford, Edward “Ted” Giblin, Jack McEvoy and Christopher Piccuirro. Clicking on each name will take you to a page where we have gathered their responses to each question and links to their campaign websites and social media, if they have them.
MyVeronaNJ.com’s Town Council election forum was held on Wednesday, April 26, at Congregation Beth Ahm (56 Grove Avenue), from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The event was moderated by students from the Verona High School AP Government class and videotaped by students from the Broadcast Journalism class. You can watch the opening statements of each candidate clicking on their name: Donna Cannizzaro, Carrie Ford, Edward “Ted” Giblin, Jack McEvoy, Christopher Piccuirro and Kevin Ryan. All other videos are below. You can read all the Letters To The Editor submitted regarding the election here.
MyVeronaNJ.com Weekly Candidate Questions
Question 1: What do you consider to be the major issue facing Verona and what would you do about it if elected?
Question 2: Name one Verona ordinance or regulation that should be eliminated and why.
Question 3: What has been your most rewarding volunteer service experience, in or out of Verona, and why?
Question 4: What question do you find yourself being asked most frequently by prospective voters and how do you handle it?
Question 5: Speeding is a quality of life problem on many Verona streets. How would you appeal to your fellow Verona residents to get them to slow down?
Question 6: What is the appropriate staffing level for a town like Verona and what would you do to get us there?
MyVeronaNJ Candidates Forum
On Wednesday, April 26, MyVeronaNJ hosted a forum attended by all six candidates. The event was moderated by students from the Verona High School AP Government class and filmed by a student from the Broadcast Journalism class. These are the videos from that event.