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Livingston Councilman Michael Silverman

Livingston councilman resigns

Two-term Democrat is moving to West Orange

By David Wildstein, December 21 2018 1:16 pm

Livingston councilman Michael Silverman is moving to West Orange and has resigned effective January 1.

The resignation will trigger a special election for Township Council in November 2019 to fill the remaining fourteen months of Silverman’s term.  It will be the first special election in Livingston history.

The Democratic County Committee must meet within thirty days of the vacancy to select three candidates for the seat.  The four members of the all-Democratic council will pick one of those names to take office immediately.

Livingston holds municipal elections in even-numbered years, with two council seats in presidential years and three in the mid-term election.

The 2019 special will be the first odd-year local election since the township changed their form of government in 1956.

Assuming the Democrats pick a replacement who intends to run in the special, that councilmember would then have to run in two consecutive years: in the 2019 special election for the unexpired term and in 2020 for a full four-year term.

Democrats have given no indication of who Silverman’s replacement will be.

Republicans have not won locally since 2010.

This year, three Democratic councilmen were re-elected by a huge margin, running more than 3,000 votes ahead of a Republican who worked on Chris Christie’s staff.

Silverman was half-way through his second four-year term a councilman.  He had served as mayor in 2015.

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