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Montclair Deputy Mayor Sean Spiller. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Spiller announces Montclair running mates

Lori Price Abrams running for Spiller’s 3rd ward councilor seat

By David Wildstein, February 24 2020 9:57 am

Montclair mayoral candidate Sean Spiller today announced his slate of council candidates to run with him in the May non-partisan municipal elections

The incumbent, Robert Jackson, is not seeking re-election.

Robert Russo, a former mayor, is seeking re-election to his at-large township council seat on Spiller’s ticket, along with former deputy police chief Roger Terry.

Incumbents Bill Hurlock in the 1st ward and Robin Schlager in the 3rd will run with Spiller.  Hurlock is the lone Republican on the council.

Lori Price Abrams, a former MWW lobbyist who spent eleven years as the community relations director at United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, is seeking the 2nd ward councilor seat Spiller is vacating to run for mayor.

“Montclair is more than a place. It’s an ideal. Our values, our diversity, and our activism make Montclair such a special place to live, work, and raise a family. Residents are proud of Montclair’s national reputation as one of the foremost progressive American communities,” Spiller said.  “The Montclair2020 team is committed to working together, cohesively, to preserve the things that make Montclair special. By standing up for our values, investing in our future, and continuing to make Montclair more financially sustainable, we can secure the Montclair ideal for generations to come.”

No candidate was announced for the open 4th ward seat, where incumbent Renee Baskerville is not seeking re-election in order to challenge Spiller for mayor.

Spiller is the deputy mayor and the vice president of the powerful New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey’s largest public employee union.

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