Friday, October 30, 2015


While all of the school board candidates financial disclosure statements have not been filed, and are not all required until after Election Day, those that have been submitted offer some insight into what the campaigns are spending and where the money is coming from.

The team of Marian Raab, Elissa Malespina and Shannel Roberts have raised at least $2,845, with $1,500 of that from the New Jersey Education Association, the state-level umbrella group for the South Orange Maplewood Education Association, which endorsed the trio.

Raab also contributed $600 of her own money, while Malespina donated $1,300. 

Meanwhile, the duo of Chris Sabin and Annemarie Maini have raised at least $3,802, with most of that -- $3,302 -- coming from Maini herself.

For incumbents Wayne Eastman and Madhu Pai, and their running mate, challenger Margaret "Peggy" Freedson, total contributions have reached $4,390, with $3021.06 already spent.

Among the contributors to Pai, Eastman and Freedson is fellow board member Donna Smith, who donated $500. Eastman and Freedson have each also contributed $500 to their joint campaign committee.

Candidate Dorcas Lind has not filed any financial disclosure forms.

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