Thursday, April 4, 2013
The 25-year-old Deputy Mayor said that he's comfortable taking a break from politics until he gets some more personal and professional development.
Deputy Mayor Sean Kilpatrick isn’t ruling out a return to politics. But at 25, one of the youngest elected officials in the history of West Deptford believes there’s only so much he can bring to the table without greater personal and professional development. Kilpatrick, who points out that he was unemployed at the time of his candidacy, is hoping that with a little more career experience and possibly an advanced degree under his belt, he will be in a position to reconsider public office. “At this point, I’m still trying to kind of find my way,” Kilpatrick told Patch on Monday afternoon, when it was announced that he would not pursue re-election on the Republican ticket for Township Committee. Still, Kilpatrick said he is proud of his …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Denice DiCarlo said the township Democrats are putting up candidates who are in the race 'for all the right reasons.'
Although her colleague Donna Szymborski will not be up for re-election in the upcoming Township Committee race, West Deptford Township Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo hopes an infusion of new blood into the Democratic ticket can help change the conversation of township politics. James Robinson Jr. and Adam Reid are the two primary candidates whose petitions for election were filed with the township clerk on Monday. A statement of endorsement from the West Deptford Democratic Party noted that their selection was "the culmination of an expansive search for new candidates begun earlier this year" in which more than 6,000 emails went out to solicit "persons interested in running for office or getting involved in West Deptford government to step …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Democratic Committeewoman and Republican Deputy Mayor were not among those filing petitions to appear on the November ballot for township committee.
Local chapters of the two big political parties will put up fresh slates for their respective primaries in the West Deptford Township Committee election this June. Incumbent Democratic Committeewoman Donna Szymborski and Republican Deputy Mayor Sean Kilpatrick were not among those names presented by the 4 p.m. filing deadline April 1. Instead, the Democrats will be represented by James Robinson Jr. and Adam Reid. The Republican primary candidates will be Jeff Hansen and Gerald P. Maher. The partisan committee is holding elections for two open seats this year. Robinson is vice-chairman of the Township Zoning Board; Reid is the grandson of former West Deptford mayor and Committeeman Robert Reid. Hansen chairs the RiverWinds Advisory Board, …
Friday, February 22, 2013
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows Chris Christie with a big lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
Friday, February 22
Gov. Chris Christie is the best person to lead New Jersey over the next four years, according to voters polled in a survey released this week by Quinnipiac University. Christie, a Republican, leads his Democratic rival, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), 62 percent to 25 percent in the state's 2013 gubernatorial race, according to the poll. The governor's overall approval rating also remains high. Christie's 74 percent approval rating and 69 percent favorable rating tie his personal record highs from January, the Huffington Post reports, both numbers buoyed by public perception of the way he handled Hurricane Sandy's impact and its aftermath. Christie appears to have strong support on the other side of the aisle, as well. In the …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Three girls from Monongahela Middle School got a special lesson in the electorial process while visiting the board.
Standing in front of a sea of voting machines, three girls from Monongahela Middle School examine the different components such as security mechanisms, tampering seals and disability compliance tools. The warehouse holds 550 voting machines, serving approximately 200,000 registered voters in Gloucester County. This information and so much more is what these girls will take away on Job Shadowing Day. Participating in Job Shadowing Day for about five years, the Gloucester County Board of Elections opens its doors Monongahela students every year for this day-in-the-life event. “It’s nice to host them,” says Superintendent of Elections Stephanie Salvatore. “It’s a good change of pace.” Starting at 10 a.m. in the morning, eighth-graders Jewel …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Niki Trunk resigned her state job, a move some see as a precursor to running against West Deptford's Stephen Sweeney for the 3rd District state Senate seat, PolitickerNJ reports.
A Republican challenger for state Senate President Stephen Sweeney's seat might be making moves toward declaring candidacy, PolitickerNJ reports. The political news website reported Niki Trunk resigned from the state comptroller's office, a move thought to be tied to running for the state Senate's 3rd District seat. Sweeney, a West Deptford resident, has held the district seat since 2002. He took over as president of the state Senate in 2010. Sweeney recently announced he wouldn't challenge incumbent Chris Christie for the governor's seat, saying it was more important to keep the Legislature under Democratic control. Trunk previously served as deputy mayor in Harrison Township. She stepped down when her elected position conflicted with a …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker hints at his political future. You tell us: What position should he go after?
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who increasingly finds himself on the national political stage, has a decision to make: run for governor or run for U.S. Senate? Booker, 43, said he's considering both, and will make a decision in the next two weeks, according to the Huffington Post. Speculation has swirled that Booker would seek higher office as his political star starts to shine brighter. Party officials gave him a coveted speaking spot at this year's Democratic National Convention and moves such as living off of the same allotment as food stamp recipients for a week garnered national attention. Now the question is: Which office will he seek and who will he run against? If he goes for governor and wins the Democratic primary, he'll almost …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Democrat narrowly defeated GOP challenger Jeff Hansen in the race for township committee, according to election results certified Tuesday.
After weeks of waiting, Democrat Denice DiCarlo can officially celebrate her victory in the township committee race. The results of the close race were certified Tuesday afternoon by the Gloucester County Board of Elections, exactly three weeks after the Nov. 6 election. Preliminary results after the polls closed on election night showed DiCarlo ahead in the race by just 99 votes. Ultimately, DiCarlo defeated GOP challenger Jeff Hansen by 140 votes, according to the certified results. The final vote tally was 5,213 to 5073, with 11 write-in votes, once all provisional ballots and any cast remotely by residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy were counted. Hurricane Sandy disrupted the election process across New Jersey, and Gloucester …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Chris Christie will seek a second term as New Jersey governor, he announced Monday.
Gov. Chris Christie will run for re-election for New Jersey governor's seat, he confirmed Monday. Christie made the announcement during an appearance at a press conference at the Port Monmouth Fire Department in Middletown Monday afternoon. The governor declined to talk in detail about his bid, saying he is saving that for a more formal announcement in January. But he did say he sought the advice of his wife, Mary Pat, and four children during the Thanksgiving Day weekend, and got their blessing. "I have a job to finish that I would have never anticipated to have six weeks ago," said Christie, adding that he loves the Garden State. "I want to leave it better than I found it when I'm done." The gubernatorial election will take place in …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Challenger Jeff Hansen hasn't conceded the race, but updated vote totals stack up in incumbent Denice DiCarlo's favor.
Denice DiCarlo’s lead over challenger Jeff Hansen for a West Deptford Township Committee seat has grown as the county continues to count ballots. As of Friday, the vote totals stood at 5,212 to 5,066, with provisional ballots included. The 146-vote lead has increased from the 99 votes that separated DiCarlo, a Democrat, and Hansen, a Republican, on Election Day. The county must certify the votes by Wednesday, Nov. 21. Superstorm Sandy, which displaced many voters around New Jersey, accounts for the delay in certification. Gov. Chris Christie ordered election boards to accept ballots until Nov. 19. “Some counties are still working to separate the displaced voters and may not have sent us all eligible ballots for displaced Gloucester County …