DeLuca Names India Larrie as Running Mate for Town Council

By mark-slade March 29, 2011

DeLuca Running Mate Named

India R. Hayes Larrier is the president of the Maplewood Volunteer First Aid Squad.
Tonight, the Maplewood Democratic Committee announced that it has endorsed Mayor Vic DeLuca and new running mate India R. Hayes Larrier for the two seats up for election this year on the Maplewood Township Committee.
The position of DeLuca’s running mate opened up earlier this month when Deputy Mayor Fred R. Profeta announced that he would not seek re-election after 9 years on the Township Committee — several of them as mayor.
A primary election will be held in June and a general election in November. The filing deadline for the June primary is April 11. No Republican candidates have filed as of yet.
In making the announcement, Ian Grodman of the Maplewood Democratic Committee said, “The Maplewood Democratic Committee is thrilled that India Hayes Larrier will be joining Vic DeLuca on the Democratic ticket for Township Committee. Her years of personal experience in community building both in Maplewood and greater Essex County will strengthen an already exceptional Township Committee’s ability to work on behalf of all Maplewoodians.”
Larrier is accustomed to service to the community. By day, she works at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey as a consumer advocate. A certified EMT (Emergency Medical Technican), Larrier has been with the Maplewood Volunteer First Aid Squad since 2005 and now serves as its president.
Over the years, Larrier has served on numerous local nonprofits councils and boards including the Montclair Kimberley Academy Alumni Council, the Regional Business Partnership Community Affairs Group, the Salvation Army Essex County Advisory Board, The Newark Museum Council (vice president 1996), the Metro-Newark Chamber of Commerce Image Taskforce, Renaissance Newark Development Corporation (VP 1994) and the Maplewood/South Orange Community Coalition on Race. Hayes Larrier has received both the Junior League of Essex County Volunteerism Award and the Newark Literacy Volunteer Appreciation Award.
Reached for comment late Monday night, DeLuca had this to say about his running mate: “I am excited to be running with India who has contributed so much to the community already. Being a Township Committeeperson will give her an opportunity to do even more to keep Maplewood as a great place to live and raise a family. She will bring a valuable perspective to the Township Committee.”
Township Committeeperson Jerry Ryan was also effusive: “I’ve known India for a long time, and I’m very happy that she has put her name forward. She’s been a dedicated volunteer in Maplewood for a long time, and I think that Maplewood will benefit even more with her energy and dedication on the Township Committee. I think it will be a great campaign.”
Larrier was not the only candidate in the running according to Wayne Sullivan of the MDC: “Down the final stretch Maplewood was fortunate to have several excellent candidates for the two seats on the Township Committee to choose from including Mayor Vic DeLuca. Following an opening presentation statement by each candidate and a question and answer session there was an open and sometimes lively debate among the 29 Democratic District leaders present about who might best serve Maplewood but in the end it seemed to be India Larrier’s proven record of Maplewood community involvement that launched her above the others.”
As noted, filing deadline for the primary election is April 11. Last year, Bart Albini ran uncontested in the Republican primary. In 2009, Albini and Bob Perez ran unopposed in the Republican primary. There are five seats on the Maplewood Township Committee, each running a term of three years. This year, two seats are up for election. Next year, another two seats will be up (those occupied by Ryan and Vice Mayor Kathleen Leventhal). Every third year, only one seat is up for election. Marlon K. Brownlee holds that seat, the term for which expires December 31, 2013.
All five seats are currently held by Democrats. No Republican has been elected to Maplewood Township Committee since 1991. The last Republican to serve left office in 1994. However, for decades before the early 1990s, Maplewood’s elected leadership was solidly Republican.