Democratic candidate Jeffrey Wright was appointed to take over the seat that belonged to former Councilwoman Olivia Holmes on the Hillsborough Township Committee at a special board meeting held on March. 2.
Holmes resigned from her post on the board on Feb. 4, citing health issues that had arisen for her from contracting COVID-19.
An investment adviser representative and financial advisor for Garden State Securities, Inc., Wright has been a Hillsborough resident since 2014.
Wright has experience working with local government, currently serving his second year on the Somerset County Planning Board.
When he lived in Piscataway, the father of four served on the township’s Zoning Board of Adjustments for 5 years and was a member of both the Open Space Committee and Senior Citizens Housing Committee.
He is also the Democratic County Committee member for District 9 (Country Classics).
Wright was selected over Democratic colleagues Donnetta Johnson and David Brook for the position on the council. Both Johnson and Brook ran for the two open committee seats this past November.
Because of Holmes’ departure, the Hillsborough Democrats Organization was allowed under state law to propose three candidates for the committee to choose from in order to fill the vacant position.
Wright was nominated by Councilman Doug Tomson at the beginning of the session and was then approved by fellow Republican committee members Mayor Shawn Lipani and Councilwoman Janine Erickson.
Deputy Mayor Frank DelCore was the only member of the committee to vote “no” on Wright, stemming from the differences that the two men had when running for the council in 2019.
During the 2019 election, both Wright and DelCore filed complaints against each other through the New Jersey Election Law and Enforcement Commission.
“I’m very disappointed in the spreading of false information about me and members of the employee base here,” DelCore said during roll call. “It was a very poor situation and it does not reflect the seat that is being filled for Ms. Holmes. It continues to leave a great negative taste in my mouth.”
In other forms of official business held during the special meeting, the committee passed two resolutions to apply to have a COVID-19 Vaccination site set up in the township and request for all municipal employees and educators to be eligible to get a vaccine as soon as possible.
Councilman Wright could not be reached by press time to speak about his selection to the Hillsborough Township Committee.