Mondella Poised to Take on Vertreese in Hillside Mayoral Contest

Councilwoman Mondella of Hillside

In what promises to be a contentious mayoral mash-up in a town used to them come election time, the Hillside Democratic Committee will likely back At-Large Councilwoman Nancy Mondella for mayor this year.

The paperwork doesn’t have to be filed until June but the local powerbrokers are finalizing plans.

It looks close to done.

A supervising nurse at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center and a former school board

Hillside NJ Mayor Dahlia Vertreese lost her committee seat to Marjorie Hargrave, a candidate championed by local Democratic Party Chair Anthony Salters.
Hillside NJ Mayor Dahlia Vertreese.

member, Mondella would run against fellow Democrat incumbent Mayor Dahlia Vertreese in the scheduled November so-called nonpartisan-election clash.

There’s a history there, of friends who became political foes, not without precedent in the classically cantankerous Union County town that sits at the doorstep of Newark, beset by a recent morbid rash of weirdness at the cemetery.

That’s where they buried the writer Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage.

Mondella ran with Vertrese in 2017 but apparently has “had enough of the drama,” in the words of one Hillside insider.

In February, the mayor announced her reelection intentions.

“In my first four years we have focused on getting Hillside back on the right track,” Vertreese stated in her announcement. “We have faced challenges, especially over the last year, but we have come together as a community and moved forward. Hillside has been progressive with battling COVID-19, creating a Mask-up campaign, doing weekly food distributions, and working with our community to provide support during these difficult times.”

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  • Tellousse Thelusma

    What support did you provide? While Hillside kept schools closed and denied children a fair chance at a decent education? My kids had to be taught in my living room Miss. Mayor. Where did your kids get taught? Oh l know, in another school district that offered hybrid learning! How convenient is that?!?

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