Democrats Triumph in local election

Incumbents sweep the vote in the fourth legislative district.

Dave R. Mayer will remain as the mayor of Gloucester Township.

The unofficial results from Camden County’s website reports the Democrat Mayer received 7,121 votes, beating Republican Frank J. Radisch III, who had 4,697 votes in last week’s election.

Two Gloucester Township Council Democrats will retain their seats, as Councilwoman Michelle L. Winters earned 6,926 votes, and Councilman Dan Hutchison won 6,443. Democrat Scott D. Owens earned a seat on Council with 6,344 votes.

These three defeated Republican candidates Peter D. Heinbaugh, who earned 4,411 votes, Jennifer O’Donnell, who clinched 4,706, and Rhoda D. Montana, who had 4,405 votes.

Three positions were open for the regional board of education. Joyce W. Ellis, Kevin J. Bucceroni, Sr. and Jill Dawson were the only candidates on the ballot.

Three positions were also open for the local board of education. The three winners include incumbents Mark Gallo with 4,362 votes, Mary Jo Dintino with 4,715, and MaryAnn Johnson with 4,052.

Democrat Phil Murphy will serve as the next governor, clinching 1,154,978 votes throughout the state and 80,029 in Camden County, according to the New Jersey Board of Elections.

With 38,376 votes, incumbent state Sen. Fred H. Madden will remain in office. Democrat General Assembly members Paul Moriarty and Gabriela Mosquera will also retain their seats.

Incumbent county freeholders Jonathan L. Young, Sr. and Louis Cappelli, Jr. will also remain on the board.

There were also two statewide referendums on the ballot this year. The first was, “Do you approve the ‘New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act?’ This bond act authorizes the state to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public.”

Some 933,245 New Jerseyans answered “yes,” including 61,886 from Camden County.

The second was, “Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the state relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the state’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the state in pursuing its claims.”

Some 1,053,895 voters answered “yes,” as well, including 69,168 from Camden County.