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South Orange re-elects Collum in landslide

Zuckerman, Jones, Coallier win elected to Board of Trustees

By Nikita Biryukov, May 14 2019 9:07 pm

South Orange residents overwhelmingly voted to re-elected Village President Sheena Collum to a second term Tuesday.

Collum, who was a village trustee for two years before when she was first elected village president in 2015, received 2,847 of the 3,746 votes cast, or about 76%. Village Trustee Deborah Ford Davis, who gave up her seat to attempt to oust the mayor, had 889 ballots cast in her favor.

The trustee had held that seat since 2007. Her last two elections were unopposed.

Ford Davis, who is clerk to the Essex County Board of Freeholders, made her bid with the backing of at least some of the county’s Democratic establishment and two powerful firefighters unions.

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange) was out canvassing for Ford Davis Tuesday, and the Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Locals 40 and 240 backed the Trustee over Collum, who has touted proposals to turn village fire services over to neighboring Maplewood.

The race is non-partisan.

Bob Zuckerman, Summer Jones and Donna Coallier won the three seats on the village’s Board of Trustees that were up for election this year, garnering 1,894, 1,574 and 1,676 votes, respectively.

Those three will join incumbent trustees Karen Hartshorn Hilton, Walter Clarke and Steve Schnall, whose terms expire in 2021.

In 2009, Zuckerman, who gave up his post as executive director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance to run for the Board of Trustees, ran for New York city councilman in district that included the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. He finished fourth in a field of five candidates with just 7% of the vote.

A slate of trustee candidates headed by former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Bobby Brown trailed the three progressive trustee candidates.

With 1,248 votes, Brown won 12% of ballots cast, putting him in fourth place.

Brown’s running mate Toshie Davis earned 1,018 votes, and Edward Moore, the third member of that slate, won 805 votes.

Ford Davis’s slate — which included South Orange Rotary Club past president Stacey Trimble Boren, attorney Edward Grossi and Matthew Wonski, the owner of the famed Town Hall Delicatessen — placed a weak third, with its candidates receiving 690, 647 and 776 votes, respectively.

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