The primary election was held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday. With unofficial results now in, it appears there will be contests in the fall in East Windsor, Hightstown and Cranbury.
All results are considered unofficial until certified by the county clerk. An asterisk (*) in the results denotes an incumbent.
With no contests in the primary, all eight candidates got onto the ballot for the fall, when there will be four open four-year seats on the Township Council.
Janice S. Mironov* (D)
Marc Lippman* (D)
Peter V. Yeager* (D)
John H. Zoller (D)
Thaddeus "TJ" Berdzik (R)
Steve R. Commer (R)
Robert Ertel (R)
John Guarniere (R)
Some of those candidates also received write-in votes, as did several others. “Nota” received 10, while Ralph Nader, Bruce MacDonald and Kevin Larkin received one vote each.
The two Democrats and two Republicans running for spots on the fall ballot both earned spots. In November, voters will elect two new members to the Borough Council.
Susan Bluth (D)
Rob Thibault (D)
John Archer (R)
Skye Gilmartin* (R)
[Editor's note: Earlier numbers reflected only the first district. We apologize for the error.]
Two write-in candidates also received one vote each. They are Peter Klapsageoge and Kerry Peterson.
Overall, 710 and 879 Republicans in the borough voted in the primary.
With no candidates on the ballot, both Democrats and Republicans turned to write-in votes to select their candidates for the fall, when one single seat will be open on the Township Committee.
Republican Karen Callahan earned 79 votes, while Democrat Susan Goetz received a total of 65, meaning both have the opportunity to run.
Callahan said she has already signed the papers to accept the nomination, while Goetz said she intends to do so.
“I was very excited,” Callahan said of hearing the results. “I know it wasn’t a very big turnout, it was a low year, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how many people came out and voted.”
Callahan, a mother and the local Republican Club-endorsed candidate, said she was co-president of the Cranbury Area Mothers Club for four years and has also been involved with the local Parent-Teacher Organization and was a committee member for the Cranbury Arts Council’s Spring Gala in March.
Goetz said she was asked to run by the local Democrats and that “it was actually a pretty easy decision.” A grandmother, she said she took time off from the Environmental Commission in the ‘80s to be with her children more but has been back on the EC for about two years.
“I’ve been here a little over 30 years,” she said of the township. “I have two children who’re grown and a grandson who now goes to school here in Cranbury, so I’ve got the time and the interest.”
Township-wide, the voter turnout was 827 Democrats and 667 Republicans.
This article was updated at 2:40 p.m. June 8 with the full district numbers for Hightstown, and again at 4 p.m. with a new PDF of the results in Cranbury. The updated results the township sent do not affect the municipal race.