After eight years under the guidance of Chuck Cahn, Cherry Hill Township Mayor’s office will have a new face from the same party in 2020. With all districts reporting, the unofficial count has Democrat Susan Shin Angulo ahead of Republican entrant Nancy Feller O’Dowd by a margin of 9,908 to 5,745.
Seven residents are also vying for a seat on Township Council: Incumbents Brian Bauerle (D) and Michele Golkow (D), along with Jennifer Apell (D), alongside Republicans Stephen Cohen, Steven Lever, Mary Ellen Litton and Libertarian Party candidate Rich Bowen. With all districts reporting, the unofficial tally has Apell, Golkow and Bauerle finishing as the top three vote-getters.
In the race for Cherry Hill Public Schools Board of Education, three candidates are vying for a two-year unexpired term and seven candidates are vying for three, three-year terms.
In the race for the unexpired term, Ruth Schultz is the winner with 5,242 votes. Anju Pejavara finished with 3,662 votes and Ineda ‘Corrien’ Elmore-Stratton came in third with 2,450 votes.
For the three, three-year term seats, Kimberly Friddell finished in first place with 6,745 votes. Rosy Arroyo came in second with 6,262 votes and Benjamin Ovadia is in third place with 4,794 votes. Finishing in fourth place is Jessica Rodriguez with 4,554 votes. Matthew Brinn came in fifth with 4,313 votes, Sanjay Kumar Sharma finished in sixth with 3,569 votes and Yonaton Yares finished seventh with 3,342 votes.
In the 6th Legislative District, Democratic incumbents Louis Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt defeated Republican challengers John Papeika and Cynthia Plucinski.
In the race for Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Democrat Melinda Kane defeated Republican Keith Cybulski by roughly a 2-to-1 margin for the board’s unexpired term. For the two other open seats, Democrats Carmen G. Rodriguez (32.32 percent) and Edward McDonnell (32.28 percent) lead Republicans Nicole Nance (16.76 percent) and Claire Gustafson (16.52 percent).
For the state question on this year’s ballot, voters were 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.
New Jersey residents have overwhelmingly selected “yes,” on a public question to extend property tax deductions to military veterans living in continuing care retirement communities. More than 75 percent of voters statewide voted “yes” on the question.
In the race for a spot on the Board of Fire Commissioner, incumbent Kellie Montana and newcomer Sara Lipsett were elected in an uncontested race for two seats.
The office of County Clerk also seems destined to remain a Democratic stronghold, as Joseph Ripa has outpaced Republican hopeful Roy Gustafson.
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