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Turnout Brisk In Ridgewood Village Election

At Benjamin Franklin Middle School on Tuesday.
At Benjamin Franklin Middle School on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Voters began turning out early Tuesday and kept streaming to the polls in Ridgewood's Village Council election.

"It's busier than I thought it was going to be," poll worker Susan Katz told Daily Voice at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

Lines began forming when the polls opened at 6 a.m.

Village Clerk Heather Mailander said it should be even busier after school -- and especially from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Six candidates are vying for three four-year seats in a non-partisan election marked by hot-button issues, including the size of a public parking garage planned for Hudson Street, the village's affordable housing obligation, and open communication between residents and local government.

The candidates:

  • Jeffery Voigt
  • Janice M. Willett
  • Evan Weitz
  • Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh
  • Richard S. Brooks
  • Ramon M. Hache

"Considering the type of election it is," said Poll Worker Barbara Klein, "I'd say we're getting a lot of people."

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