Low Voter Turnout in Cranbury Primary Election
All four candidates will move on to the November election.
Four candidates seeking two seats on the Cranbury Township Committee will move on to the November election and overall voter turnout was low in the Township.
Committee member Jay Taylor and Mayor David Cook’s seats were up for grabs, with their three-year term expiring this year.
Republican Thomas Connolly had 135 votes and Republican Cynthia Hughes Smithers had 132 votes. Taylor, who switched from a Republican to a Democrat for this election, came in with 86 votes and Cook, also a Democrat, had 85 votes.
"I am very thankful for all those that could get out to vote in the primary, and look forward to the general election in November," Smithers said in an email Tuesday night. "Exercising your right to vote is an awesome thing in this country and I think we will have a great turn out in general election."
Taylor also thanked those who voted and said he looks forward to talking to more residents.
"The one thing I have learned in my three years on the committee is our residents are smart and vested in our community," he said in an email Wednesday. "Therefore, I am looking forward to walking around town and meeting those residents I do not know and hopefully hearing some great ideas to take back to the rest of the committee."
Connolly said he looks forward to working with Smithers, keeping their momentum for the November election, and also thanked voters for support.
"It is clear that the residents of Cranbury are looking for a change," Connolly said. "I am committed to keeping Cranbury a Cranbury that we can afford."
Overall few people came out to the polls for the primary election. In the Republican party there was a total vote count of 268 votes, 265 in the machine and three absentee ballots. For the Democrats, the total vote count was 170, 167 in the machine adn six absentee ballots.
Connolly and Cook did not immediately return a message seeking comment.