Clean sweep for dems

By ROBERT LINNEHAN | The Cherry Hill Sun

It was a clean sweep, as all four democratic candidates won Tuesday night to take the four vacant seats on the Cherry Hill Township Council.

According to unofficial results, incumbent David Fleisher had the most votes of any candidate, his 11,516 votes the only total to crack the 11,000 mark. The people spoke out in favor of the Democrat’s endorsement of positive change, he said, which was reflected in the final election results.

“It’s recognition that there are great things happening in Cherry Hill, but also we can do better. Residents can look forward to a new era of collaboration to move Cherry Hill forward,” he said. “We’re a prosperous community but not immune to the impacts of the global recession and affordability is, and will be, a top priority. We’re very appreciative of the broad based support and our volunteers. We won’t let all of the residents of Cherry Hill down. Whether they supported us or not, we take the position very seriously.”

Jim Bannar registered with the second most votes, at 10,827. Jacquelene Silver, 10,729 votes, and Susan Shin-Angulo, 10,615 votes, rounded out the new council members.

Nancy O’Dowd, former board of education member, led the Republican candidates with a total of 10,141 votes. While many supporters expected the candidates to be down after the results, O’Dowd said she and her running mates were energized by the great turnout and support for the Republican Party in the election.

“We won 20 districts, the best a Republican has done in the past is win four,” she said. “We lost by less than 500 votes, that was impressive considering how outnumbered we have been in the past.”

Phil Guerrieri Sr. had the second most votes with 10,115. Susan Badaracco, 9,956, and Dan Loveland Sr., 9,694, were the final two candidates.

In total, 83,593 votes were cast in this year’s general election in Cherry Hill Township. As a reminder, all of the vote totals are still unofficial.

To view all of the vote totals, please visit the Camden County Web site at co.camden.nj.us.

See the Nov. 11 issue of The Sun for complete coverage.