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Vol. LXIII, No. 44
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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No Surprise: Democrats Dominate Local Elections

Ellen Gilbert

Dilshanie Perera

Borough and Township Democrats won two seats on Council and Committee, respectively, according to unofficial election results posted after poll closing on Tuesday. In the race for New Jersey State Governor, Democrat Jon Corzine took 1,519 votes in the Borough and 3,312 in the Township, while Republican Chris Christie took 526 and 1,450 votes in the municipalities.

Jenny Crumiller and Kevin Wilkes carried the Borough election, gaining 1,409 and 1,469 votes, while Republican challenger Linda Sipprelle garnered 668 votes. Both Ms. Crumiller and Mr. Wilkes were elected to three-year terms on Council.

Township Committee results were a foregone conclusion with two Democratic members running unopposed. Deputy Mayor Chad Goerner was re-elected for a three-year term, and Liz Lempert was re-elected to complete a one-year unexpired term. They received 3,484 and 3,521 votes, respectively.

The Princeton Community Democratic Organization hosted an election celebration night at Conte’s Pizza, at which elected officials from both municipalities, as well as Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Congressman Rush Holt were in attendance.

With their terms beginning on January 1, 2010, the Borough and Township’s newly elected officials will deal with issues pertaining to next year’s budget and taxes, municipal consolidation, sustainability, and development, among others.

“I’m excited about joining the Council,” Ms. Crumiller said, adding “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

Mr. Wilkes, who is currently serving a one-year unexpired term on Borough Council, noted that “it’s been a long campaign season, which goes back to last March. It is very rewarding to have my own three-year term.”

“Over the next term, I plan to continue our efforts in reducing truck traffic on Route 206,” said Mr. Goerner in a website statement of his goals. “Perhaps the greatest area of opportunity and challenge this next term will be municipal consolidation.”

Ms. Lempert believes “in building on this movement of greater civic participation. Princeton is blessed with a smart, talented community with so much to offer.”

In addition to choosing local officials and the Governor, voters also considered candidates for General Assembly, members of the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and cast their opinion about the Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009.

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