Garwood Candidates to Join Forum in October

This article was published in the Thursday, August 22, 2019 edition of the Westfield Leader.

Five of the six candidates for Garwood Borough Council have agreed to face the voters on Thursday, October 17, at the traditional candidates’ forum of the Pointe, the condominium complex between Maple and Chestnut Streets, according to a press release from the condo

All Garwood voters will be welcome at the session, and they are encouraged to propose questions to be asked during the meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Questions may be sent to The discussion is expected to touch upon such issues as taxes, redevelopment and shared services.

The candidates who will appear are Jennifer Blumenstock, Russ Graham and Marc Lazarow, all Democratic incumbents, and William Bellomo and Joseph Nicastro III, both Republicans.

The sixth candidate, Victor Stevens, a Republican, has failed to respond to repeated invitations to the event. The gathering will be the eighth in an annual series that is the only opportunity for Garwood residents to see all of the local candidates in action.

“We think these meetings have become an important tradition,” said Christine Spear, the president of the condominium’s board. “Our borough is facing dramatic change, and Garwood voters need a chance to learn where each candidate stands.”

Light refreshments will be served after the formal discussion. Parking is available in the large lot behind the commercial buildings on North Avenue between Maple and Chestnut Streets. A stairway leads from the lot to the clubhouse.