Custard, Dunham and Eichmann win in Burlington Township BOE race

Democrats swept local New Jersey Assembly and Burlington County Freeholder races.

Two incumbents and one newcomer were elected to the Burlington Township Board of Education last Tuesday.

According to unofficial results from the Burlington County Board of Elections, incumbents Donna Custard and Susan Eichmann and newcomer Marilyn Dunham were victorious in the BOE race. Custard earned 28.17 percent of the vote, Dunham tallied 27.11 percent and Eichmann came in third with 25.11 percent. Challenger Prabhdeep Pandher came up short in fourth place with 19.24 percent.

In local assembly and county races affecting Burlington Township, Democrats came up victorious across the board. In the race for two seats in New Jersey Assembly’s Seventh Legislative District, Democrats Herb Conaway and Carol Murphy each won about 37 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Peter Miller and independent candidate Kathleen Cooley.

In the Burlington County Freeholder race, Democrat Linda Hynes earned 55.3 percent of the vote as she defeated Republican Lathan Tiver in the face for a full, three-year term. In the race for a two-year, unexpired term on the freeholder board, Democrat Daniel O’Connell earned 54.9 percent of the vote in defeating Republican Lee Schneider.

Democrat Anthony Basantis was elected as Burlington County Sheriff, earning 53 percent of the vote. Republican Michael Ditzel came in second with 44 percent.

For the state question on this year’s ballot, voters chose to approve 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 continuing care retirement communities to receive the same $250 tax deduction as veterans who live in private residences. More than 75 percent voted ‘yes’ on the public question.

All election results are unofficial until the Burlington County Board of Elections certifies them.