Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2012 07:57:59 PM PDT
Updated: 10/26/2012 11:11:04 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – It’s getting ugly.

The City Council race, which has centered around pension costs, has become a contentious battle for two open seats.

In recent weeks, residents have been bombarded with automated calls and mailers making a case for either the incumbents, John Dutrey and Carolyn Raft, or the challengers, Sean Brunske and Richard Beltran.

And with 10 days until the Nov. 6 election, each side is accusing the other of dirty politics.

A mailer sent out to residents this week, depicts a man in a suit donning a grin and a cigar in his mouth while holding money. In it, the mailer makes several references to “Montclair families” and claims the police and fire “union bosses” are trying to buy two seats on the city council.

Another mailer claims that the incumbents “think Montclair Voters are a Bunch of …” with a picture of candy suckers below.

Dutrey’s committee for reelection sent out the first mailer. The council member said the campaign literature was meant to show voters that the associations are attempting to remove Raft and himself because they do not want to pay their share of pension costs.

The public safety associations have been at odds with City Hall over pension costs and labor contracts.

“It was meant to inform the public that both of the associations endorsed Brunske and Beltran so that the police doesn’t have to pay the increase of pensions and the fire fighters association wants a pay increase to offset their concession and cover the pension costs,” Dutrey said.

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