18 Candidates Seek Election to the Clifton City Council, Two Incumbents Not Seeking Re-Election


The Clifton City Council election is coming up on November 8th.

18 Clifton residents were certified after submitting 587 petitions signed by registered Clifton voters by September 6th, in alphabetical order they are:

  • Fahim Abedrabbo
  • Tafari Anderson
  • Dana Beltran
  • Chris D'Amato
  • Avraham Eisenman
  • Alessia Eramo
  • Bill Gibson
  • Steve Goldberg
  • Ray Grabowski
  • Dominic Iannarella
  • Frank Kasper
  • Joe Kolodziej
  • Tony Latona
  • Francesco Muoio
  • Lauren Murphy
  • Rosemary Pino
  • Mary Sadrakula
  • Matt Trella

5 current Council Members are seeking re-election including: Bill Gibson, Ray Grabowski, Lauren Murphy, Rosemary Pino and Mary Sadrakula.  Mayor Jim Anzaldi and Councilman Peter Eagler are not seeking re-election.

Candidates also include current School Board Member Fahim Abedrabbo and Dana Beltran and past elected officials including former Councilmember and Board of Education Commissioner Joe Kolodziej, former Board of Education Commissioners Tafari Anderson and Frank Kasper and City Council candidate Tony Latona, who was previously elected but unable to serve due to his employment in the Clifton Fire Department.

In addition, past City Council and Board of Education candidate Steve Goldberg and past Board of Education candidates Avraham Eisenman and Matt Trella are also running. New candidates to elected Clifton office include Chris D'Amato, Alessia Eramo, Dominic Iannarella and Francesco Muoio.  

Overall the list of 18 candidates is smaller compared to past elections, when up to 22 candidates have run with no open incumbent seats.  In Clifton's non-partisan Council elections, the top 7 vote getters are elected to office for a 4 year term and traditionally the highest vote getter is selected as Mayor.  

The Clifton Times will provide opportunities for candidate Q&A's. Traditionally, there are also in-person Candidate Forums hosted by the Clifton Republican Club and other community groups, however the Republican Club has announced it will not host candidate nights for the BOE or Council elections this year.

Have a question you'd like to ask a Council candidate? Email us at TheCliftonTimes@gmail.com.

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