Bianco Bezich poised to top Marshall in Board of Commissioners race

Newcomer has lead over longtime borough resident, commissioner appointee.

There will likely be a new addition to Haddonfield’s three-member Board of Commissioners.

Unofficial results from both the borough clerk’s office as well as Camden County, have challenger Colleen Bianco Bezich leading recent appointee Robert Marshall to fill the remainder of the two-year term of former Commissioner for Public Works John Moscatelli. Moscatelli departed the post at the end of June, with Marshall selected to fill the vacancy the following month.

Preliminary numbers have Bianco Bezich recording 1,530 votes to 1,262 for Marshall. Gregory Peltz (205 votes) and Kathryn Raiczyk (177) were positioned third and fourth, respectively, with all districts reporting.

In the uncontested race for the three spots available on the Haddonfield School District’s Board of Education, David Siedell and Jaime Auletto Grookett are in line to retain their seats, while Linda Baker Hochgertel will fill the seat left by Matthew Ritter, who decided not to run. Grookett unofficially has recorded the most votes of the three, with 1,385, followed by 1,364 for Siedell and 1,332 for Hochgertel.

With more than 95 percent of votes tabulated in a race for Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Democrat Melinda Kane leads Republican Keith Cybulski by a 2-to-1 margin. In addition, Democrats Carmen G. Rodriguez (32.77 percent) and Edward McDonnell (32.62 percent) lead Republicans Nicole Nance (17.28 percent) and Claire Gustafson (17.21 percent) as more than 108,000 votes have been counted.

For the state question on this year’s ballot, voters are being asked to choose either “yes” or “no” on a constitutional amendment to give certain veterans’ benefits to residents of continuing care retirement communities. The proposed amendment would allow eligible veterans who live in such retirement communities to receive the same $250 tax deduction as veterans who live in private residences.

With more than 95 percent of votes cast, state residents have overwhelmingly selected “yes,” by an unofficial margin of 29,603 votes to 9,243.

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