Montclair Village has been represented by a furry mayor for several years now. Montclarions have been ably led by Murphy, who hails from Crogan’s, for the past two years. He has served us well.
While we usually hold elections annually, our polling officials were busy launching a fair election down on Piedmont Avenue last year. All is hereby forgiven, and we welcome the opportunity to find eager and fresh leadership here. The virtual voting booth is open through Sunday at 1:00 pm — vote here.
The top vote-getter is the candidate who receives the highest, ahem, financial donations. The top pet becomes our mayor. He or she will be responsible for representing Montclair. Our mayor mostly makes appearances in the Village, typically at the Farmers Market as well as the Halloween Parade.
There are nine candidates who made it through the primary election and are seeking your votes now. The candidate with the highest votes, aka dollar donations to the Montclair Veterinary Pet & Wildlife Fund, wins the mayoral contest. Runners-up are also assigned other responsibilities in the local government.
So who’s running? The finalists include these furry or feathered candidates:
- Five Dogs — Marley (Golden Doodle), Snow (American Eskimo), Chewbacca (Pomeranian), Murphy (Mixed Breed), Tigerlily (Lab/Terrier Mix)
- Three Cats — Freida (Siamese), Stomper (Grey/White Mix), Lil’ Dude (Black Domestic American Shorthaired)
- One Bird — Butter (Sun Conure)