Montclair Election 2024
Robert J. Russo

2024 Montclair Councilor At Large Candidate

Tune in to hear our interview with Bob Russo, a seasoned Councilor At Large in Montclair, shares his decision to run for one final term. Having been elected six times and with a wealth of experience in local government, Bob discusses his dedication to serving the town and helping with the transition to a new council. He highlights his background as a former mayor and his passion for problem-solving, drawing from his teaching experience at Montclair State. Tune in to hear Bob’s insights on his upcoming term and his commitment to public service.

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In this interview, we delve into the insightful podcast episode featuring Bob Russo, a dedicated public servant running for Councilor At Large in Montclair. Bob Russo shares his motivations, experiences, and passion for serving the community in this engaging interview.

Early Career and Education

Bob Russo’s journey into public service began with a strong foundation in education. He excelled in political science at Rutgers Newark, receiving an award for his academic achievements. His early career involved teaching in Newark and Essex County College, where he also led strikes advocating for teachers’ rights.

Government Service

Bob Russo’s commitment to public service extended to roles appointed by Governors Byrne and Florio. He worked in the public advocate’s office, handling citizen complaints about government, and later served as the Lemon Law director in the consumer affairs division of the state. His experience in government and education shaped his approach to problem-solving and advocacy.

Passion for Community Issues

Throughout the podcast episode, Bob Russo’s passion for addressing community issues shines through. From advocating for pilot funds to support schools and senior housing to championing the rights of seniors to have a dedicated center, Bob Russo’s platform reflects his dedication to improving the lives of Montclair residents.

Legacy and Inspiration

One of Bob Russo’s proudest accomplishments is the impact he has had on his students. Several of his former students have been inspired to run for office, carrying on his legacy of civic engagement and advocacy. Bob Russo’s commitment to teaching and mentoring future leaders underscores his belief in the power of education and community involvement.


Bob Russo’s lifetime of service, dedication to education, and passion for government shines through in this enlightening podcast episode. As he embarks on his final election campaign, Bob Russo’s commitment to solving problems, advocating for the community, and inspiring future leaders serves as a testament to his enduring legacy in Montclair. We wish him the best of luck in his continued endeavors to serve the community.

About Election Interviews

Lost in Jersey Podcast hosted Election 2024 Interviews in collaboration with Montclair Local News. We have no affiliations with any political party and do not endorse candidates. The goal of the interviews is to provide constituents with an opportunity to get acquainted with the candidates in podcast format. The election is scheduled for May 14, 2024.

You can learn more about the election, issues, and candidates at Montclair Local New – Election 2024

Listen to All Montclair Election 2024 Candidates on All Ballots

Renee Baskerville
Chrissy Thomas
Robert J. Russo
Carmel Loughman
Susan Shin Andersen

Pick one (Mayor) and two for (Council At Large)
  • Susan Shin Andersen (Council At Large) 23%, 36 votes
    36 votes 23%
    36 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Renee Baskerville (Mayor) 22%, 34 votes
    34 votes 22%
    34 votes - 22% of all votes
  • Bob Russo (Council At Large) 19%, 30 votes
    30 votes 19%
    30 votes - 19% of all votes
  • Chrissy Thomas (Mayor) 19%, 29 votes
    29 votes 19%
    29 votes - 19% of all votes
  • Carmel Loughman (Council At Large) 17%, 27 votes
    27 votes 17%
    27 votes - 17% of all votes
Total Votes: 156
Voters: 156
May 15, 2024 - May 14, 2024
Voting is closed

Poll Start Date May 13th. End Time May 14th 12PM

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