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Democrats McNish and Kerrigan Declare Candidacy for Caldwell Council

Former Board of Education president and retired Lincoln School secretary endorsed by Caldwell Democratic Committee.

Democrats Maureen McNish and Grace Kerrigan have declared their candidacy in the November Caldwell Council elections, the Caldwell Democratic Committee announced Tuesday.

McNish, a former Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education member, and Kerrigan, a retired employee of the school district, were endorsed by the Caldwell Democratic Committee Monday night.

The Democrats will vie for two open seats on the council currently held by Republicans Tom O’Donnell and John Coyle. The Republicans have not formally announced their candidates, although O'Donnell has stated he intends to seek re-election. 

McNish, a resident of Ravine Avenue, served three terms on the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education, where she was appointed president for one year. She was unseated in the November 2012 election.

“I am excited to be running with someone who understands public service and the responsibility that comes with it,” McNish said in a release. “Grace embodies the fabric of the Caldwell community through her years of service to Lincoln School and to the Borough of Caldwell as a member of the Open Space Committee.”  

Kerrigan resides on Forest Avenue and has lived in Caldwell for 30 years. She retired from the district in 2011 after serving as secretary to the Lincoln School principal for 20 years.

“Now that my children are all grown and my family has benefited from the Caldwell community, it is time to give back,” Kerrigan said in a release. “I could not be more thrilled to run for office with Maureen McNish. Her tenure on the school board is a true example of public service.”

If elected, McNish and Kerrigan would be the first women to serve on the council in three years, since Ann Dassing, who is the borough’s current mayor, served alongside Kay Slattery.

Former Mayor Susan Gartland, the Caldwell Democratic Town Chair, endorsed the candidates saying, “Grace and Maureen will bring a thoughtful and level-headed approach to the council.”

The candidates were also endorsed by Caldwell Councilmen John Kelley and Frank Rodgers.

“I think the residents of Caldwell are going to embrace Maureen and Grace, and view them as refreshing additions to the council,” Kelley said.

Rodgers said, “Maureen and Grace will represent the people well on the council.”

Former School Board President and Caldwell resident Jay McCann will serve as the campaign chair. McCann served with McNish on the school board.

“These are two great candidates for council and it is with pleasure I serve as their campaign chair,” McCann stated.

The candidates are preparing for the upcoming campaign by meeting with residents to get their input, according to the Caldwell Democratic Committee.

Jeff February 20, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Odonnell will smash them.
RM7 February 20, 2013 at 03:04 PM
McNish wanted the Caldwell Chiefs logo changed because it was "offensive." That alone is enough for me to vote against them.
WC February 20, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Agree RM7 - McNish was mostly a dud on the BOE. Can only imagine her doing more damage to the borough if elected to the committee. She was hyper focused on the Caldwell Chiefs logo and showed limited ability to compromise.
Hilda February 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM
"What happened with giving this person a fair chance?"
Patty D'Angelo February 21, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Good luck Maureen and thank you for giving so much of your time to the community. We apprciate all of the long hours you have put in. We live in West Caldwell so unfortunately we can't vote for you - but we would if we could! I love the people that don't step up to do anything but find it very easy to knock the ones that do!
MargeA February 21, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Speaking of CWC schools...did anyone see the approved calendar for Sept? Off for MLK day. In for Columbus Day? Whose brilliant idea was this?
gregory l. mitchell February 23, 2013 at 08:34 AM
That's keeping in line with,"We must be politically correct!" Pray tell,Can one not see how our traditions es culture are being watered down es whittled away! If one cannot see it they've not been paying close enough attention.May God bless America!!! We certainly need it. Respectfully,Gregory L.Mitchell,West Caldwell
Tammy April 04, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Pleased to see strong women running. I am for any candidate that is willing to take punches for our town residents, but they will have to. There are so many challenges, streets to clean up, continued support by our Police Force to protest our children and citizens, and to spend tax dollars to improve our downtown, residential streets. I hope these candidates can look at all the grant money available to us and apply for the grants. The money is out there, and we are not biting. It will only increase value of all properties. Tell us ladies, what is your vision?
Tammy April 04, 2013 at 09:38 PM
to protect our children, I meant.

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