Former Orange mayor, ex-financial reporter among candidates to face off at West Orange mayoral debate

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for
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on October 26, 2014

Former Orange mayor Eldridge Hawkins, shown here in a file photo.


WEST ORANGE — Four candidates vying to become the township’s next mayor will face off in a debate tomorrow night.

Current Mayor Robert Parisi will be joined by challengers Joe Krakoviak, Eldridge Hawkins and Rodolpho Rodriguez in the debate, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Elmwood West United Presbyterian Church on Old Indian Road.

Krakoviak is a former USA Today financial journalist who has served on West Orange’s Township Council, since 2010, while Hawkins served as mayor of neighboring Orange between 2008 and 2012.

Rodriguez, an independent, is a manager at area rehabilitation centers, and co-owns a local restaurant with his wife.

Jonathan Alston, one of the hosts of local radio show “All Politics Are Local”, will serve as moderator.

Voters will head to the polls to make a decision on the candidates on Nov. 4.

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