According to unofficial results provided by the Burlington County Board of Election Nov. 5, Medford Township residents cast votes for incumbents Lauren Kochan and Frank Czekay to retain their seats on council.
In the race for the two open seats on township council, Republicans Frank Czekay and Lauren Kochan received 28.28 percent and 28.17 percent of the votes, respectively. Democrats Keturah Harris and Patrick Progar received 21.87 percent and 21.64 percent of the votes, respectively, as of publication.
“Deputy Mayor Frank Czekay and Councilwoman Lauren Kochan are pleased with the outcome of the election, and are looking forward to continuing to serve the residents of Medford Township,” the two said in a joint statement to The Sun.
They went on to say voters heard their message of “supporting transparency, fiscal responsibility and proven leadership,” to elect them to another four-year term on council.
Democratic candidates Keturah Harris and Patrick Progar said in a joint statement to The Sun that Democrat candidates in the past have lost by five- or six-point margins — like this year — and they ran to bring a “fresh perspective on the budget, and restore service and programs that bring the community together.”
“We congratulate Mr. Czekay and Ms. Kochan, and hope they take a proactive approach to problems all year, report on their progress not only in October, but more often, invite Democrats to the committees and engage more residents in providing new perspectives in what is best for Medford,” they said.
In other election news:
Allison Eckel ran uncontested for Medford Township’s seat in the Lenape Regional Board of Education election. She received 99.17 percent of the votes in her re-election. Thirty-five write-in votes were cast.
Current Medford Township Board of Education members Michael Etter (33.93 percent of the votes), Pamela Scheller (32.84 percent of the votes) and Katherine Busca (32.69 percent of the votes) were re-elected to the three open, local seats. Sixty-five write-in votes were cast in the election.
Voters cast ballots for the Burlington County sheriff, with Democrat Anthony Basantis defeating candidates Republican Michael Ditzel, Erik D. Johnston and Robert Shapiro with Basantis receiving 53 percent of the votes.
For the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Democrat Linda A. Hynes beat current Freeholder Latham Tiver (R), with Hynes receiving 55.31 percent of the votes.
Voters elected Democrat Daniel J. O’Connell over Republican Lee Schneider to fill a two-year unexpired term on the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders. O’Connell received 54.86 percent of the vote.
In the race for two open seats on the Eighth Legislative District in the General Assembly, Republicans Jean Stanfield and incumbent Ryan Peters were elected to serve, receiving 24,310 and 24,168 votes from the district.
Additionally, 859,600 voters in New Jersey cast a ‘yes’ vote for Public Question No. 1, granting certain veterans’ benefits to residents of continuing care retirement communities. The proposed N.J. constitutional amendment allows for eligible veterans who live in such retirement communities t receive the same $250 tax deduction as veterans who live in private residences.
Results are unofficial until certified by the county’s Board of Elections.