Womack elected to historic fifth term as North Brunswick mayor


NORTH BRUNSWICK – Democratic Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack was elected to an historic fifth term as mayor of North Brunswick on Nov. 5.

Womack recorded 3,169 votes/71% against Republican Richard Pender, who recorded 1,312 votes/29%.

Election results are according to the Middlesex County Board of Elections and are unofficial until certified.

Womack was elected to the North Brunswick Township Council in 2000. In 2003, he was elected to his first mayoral term; followed by subsequent re-election in 2008, 2011 and 2015. His current term runs through Dec. 31.

He follows in the paths of Paul Matacera, who served for four terms, and Fred Hermann, who served for 18 years.

“It is humbling to have the honor of serving again as the mayor of North Brunswick. There is much to be accomplished in the coming years. As we become the home of a train station and transit village we must ensure that our essential character as an inclusive and supportive community remains unchanged. We need to find ways to expand our tax base without over development. We must support our schools as our schools support our children. We need to strongly focus on developing a new library and a senior center worthy of our respected elders. These will all be areas of focus during the next four years,” Womack said.

Pender said the Republican Party did not have much of a campaign for this election.
“We are thin on people and thinner on finances. I see our future as a non-adversarial contributor to betterment of the community. Rather than find ways to complain about our local government, we can bolster their efforts with complementary input that creates a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and constructive dialog. We all must live in this township. I, for one, do not see any advantage in tilting at windmills. I would rather work to make the windmill run more efficiently,” he said.
Womack said he has known Pender for a great number of years.
“I have been privileged to know Richard Pender, my opponent in this campaign, as both a friend and as a collaborator on township projects. Mr. Pender is a veteran who has served both our nation and our township with effectiveness and dignity. He is someone I greatly respect and look forward to working with in the coming years,” Womack said.