Thursday, November 03, 2005

Has Maplewood lost its political gumption? Or are the Township Committee choices so clear cut this year? The latter, I suspect, but still...

Last night's League of Women Voters' candidates forum for Maplewood Township Committee was so sparsely attended that the only people there were ringers, LWV organizers and their spouses, and the candidates themselves (for the record, that would be Vic DeLuca and Fred Profeta - Democrats, and Bart Albini - Republican). There were no more than 20 people in the audience and I think a quarter of them have been TC members or TC candidates. For me, at least, it was the first time I'd set eyes on Bart Albini. No surprises there, but nice to see he actually exists.

Other than the aforementioned League members (and spice), I didn't see a single person there who hasn't been involved in one way or another as an insider in Maplewood politics. Which is a shame. Even if it was not an event likely to change any minds, it was at least an opportunity to ask the candidates some pointed questions. Too bad no one took advantage.

Nonetheless, thanks are due the Maplewood/South Orange League of Women Voters, who organized this event and so many others.

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