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Vol. LXIII, No. 22
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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Crumiller, Wilkes Win Borough Primary Election

Dilshanie Perera

Jenny Crumiller and Kevin Wilkes carried the Borough Primary Democratic election on Tuesday, garnering 530 and 470 votes, respectively. The win means they will be placed on the ballot in November’s election as Democrats for the two contested seats on Borough Council. Challenger Mendy Fisch received 396 votes.

The central issues of Ms. Crumiller’s campaign included greater emphasis on achieving budgetary savings, increased police accountability, and assessing the viability of municipal consolidation.

Noting that she would also like to see more residents involved in government, Ms. Crumiller has suggested assembling a citizen advisory committee, which would allow Borough residents to provide their expertise on certain issues.

Ms. Crumiller was endorsed by elected officials, including State Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Borough Council member Roger Martindell, as well as Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Municipal Chair Dan Preston.

Running on a platform of keeping the tax rate flat by identifying further cost savings, and consolidating the municipal police forces, incumbent Mr. Wilkes stressed during his campaign that better navigation and mediation of points of contention between the University, community residents, and elected officials is also needed.

Chair of the Princeton Traffic and Safety Committee Anton Lahnston, and Planning Board members Audrey Chen and Marvin Reed, as well as Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad President Mark Freda all endorsed Mr. Wilkes for Council.

At the Democratic Unity Celebration at Conte’s Pizza, where residents and local officials gathered to find out the results of the primary election, both Ms. Crumiller and Mr. Wilkes thanked their supporters and acknowledged Mr. Fisch for his campaign, which had registered University students to vote, and had encouraged almost 400 of them to request absentee ballots.

From the absentee ballots, Mr. Fisch garnered 193 votes, while Ms. Crumiller and Mr. Wilkes received 30 and 9, respectively.

In Township news, Deputy Mayor Chad Goerner and Committeewoman Liz Lempert ran unopposed for the two Democratic spaces for Township Committee on November’s ballot. If unopposed at that time, Mr. Goerner will be serving another three-year term, while Ms. Lempert will serve one year of an unexpired term.

No primary petitions were filed for Borough or Township Republican candidates for Council and Committee, respectively.

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