2021 Town Council Elections: The Candidates Respond


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Cynthia Holland, Jason Hyndman, Jack McEvoy, Michael Nochimson and Christopher Tamburro are the five candidates running for three seats on the Verona Town Council on May 11.

In years past, MyVeronaNJ has sent a weekly question to candidates in the run-up to the election and hosted an in-person candidates forum. But Verona’s Young Voters (VYV)–a new youth-led, nonpartisan advocacy group–will hold a virtual forum next Wednesday, April 21, and the Junior Women’s Club will host their virtual forum on Monday, April 26. MyVeronaNJ.com will cover both forums as part of its regular news cycle.

So this year, MyVeronaNJ elected to ask the candidates all of our questions at once. In Zoom calls, editor Virginia Citrano asked the same five questions of all candidates, and then asked each five questions specific to their platform or public positions. The five common questions are below, and in the coming days, we’ll be grouping the candidates’ response to each in an easy to read format. 

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In the meantime, you can read each candidate’s response to all 10 questions on pages that also includes ways to follow them on the web and social media:

Cynthia Holland (Line 1A)

Jason Hyndman (Line 2A)

Christopher Tamburro (Line 3A)

Jack McEvoy (Line 4A)

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Michael Nochimson (Line 5A)

MyVeronaNJ.com accepts letters to the editor from readers in support of candidates. Letter writers must, however, be Verona voters and letters will be fact-checked. Other comments on the candidates will be posted if they follow our Comments Policy; that policy also applies to MyVeronaNJ.com’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.

Common Questions:

  1. During the pandemic, we’ve all spent much more time in Verona. What have you discovered about our town?
  2. What’s the biggest problem that Verona needs to solve in the next 4 years?
  3. What could Verona do to be more sustainable?
  4. Verona’s municipal budget accounts for 26% of our tax bills and the Town Council’s recent budget workshops have given us a preview of what those might be in 2021. What concerns you about the new budget and why?
  5. In February, Gov. Phil Murphy signed bills legalizing recreational marijuana use among adults. What should Verona do about legal marijuana?
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You can watch the VYV Candidates Forum here and the Junior Women’s Club Forum here.
You can read all Letters to the Editor about candidates here.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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