Friday, January 29, 2016


In a move that will dramatically impact the composition of the Maplewood Township Committee, TC Member Marlon Brownlee has announced he will not run for re-election this year.

Brownlee, who is ending his second term at the end of 2016, could not be reached for comment Friday. But Maplewood Democratic Committee Chair Ian Grodman dropped the bombshell in a statement issued today seeking potential candidates. See it below:

           1/29/16 The Maplewood Democratic Committee requests submissions from all those interested in running with the party’s endorsement for the positions of Township Committee Member and Democratic Party District Lender.
               The seat on the Township Committee currently held by Marlon Brownlee will be up for election in November. The new three-year term will begin on January 1, 2017. Mr. Brownlee has decided NOT to seek re-election.
               The Maplewood Democratic Committee will endorse a candidate for the Township Committee seat in the June 7 Democratic Primary. Anyone interested in seeking the Democratic Committee’s endorsement should submit a resume and letter of interest to Ian Grodman, Chair, by February 29.  Interviews will be conducted in March. All submissions and inquiries should be sent to
               In addition, the Maplewood Democratic Committee seeks submissions from those interested in serving as Democratic Party District Leaders. These positions are voted for by registered Democrats in each of Maplewood’s 21 election districts in the June Primary in even numbered years. District Leaders are responsible to work on behalf of the Party promoting Democratic ideals and Democratic candidates. That involves canvassing on behalf of candidates in their districts before both the Primary and General Election each year, attending four Maplewood Democratic Committee meetings, as well as events held by the Essex County Democratic Committee. District Leaders, who serve for two-year terms, also participate in interviewing and endorsing candidates for Township Committee each year.
               Those interested should submit a resume and letter of interest to Ian Grodman, Chair, at, by February 29.