Republicans projected to win Jamesburg Borough Council race over incumbents

The unofficial results for Jamesburg Borough Council.GRAPH BY TYLER BROWN/STAFF
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The unofficial results for Jamesburg Borough Council.GRAPH BY TYLER BROWN/STAFF

JAMESBURG – Republicans Brian Taylor and Shannon Spillane have seemingly been elected to serve a three-year term on Jamesburg’s Borough Council.

Democratic incumbents Peter Shaughnessy and Sandy Sussman campaigned to retain two available council seats. However, the Republican challengers maintained a steady lead throughout the election.

The 2021 election featured early in-person voting in October, mail-in ballots and in-person voting on Election Day. According to the Middlesex County Clerk website, all four districts in the borough have reported. In total, 2,208 ballots were cast.

The disparity in votes was rather minuscule. As of press time on Nov. 11, Taylor had received 590 votes and Spillane had tallied 578, while Sussman and Shaughnessy had received 521 and 510 votes, respectively. There were 9 write-in votes.

The tallies are not official until certified by Middlesex County.

Spillane and Taylor could not be reached for comment by press time.

In a statement shared with constituents, Sussman stated that during his nine-year tenure, he enjoyed building community relationships, serving alongside fellow council members and working to improve Jamesburg.

“Over this last week, I have had the opportunity to think about my nine years on the Jamesburg Borough Council. In retrospect, it was a tremendous learning experience that I will always treasure. … I had meaningful conversations and debates with fellow council members throughout my tenure, but I always knew my heart was in it for the residents of Jamesburg, just as I knew the other council members were fighting for the same. … My appreciation also goes out to those that believed in us, whether you voted, put up lawn signs, got out the word, or worked in the county offices providing all the necessary data. … Though the campaign may not have gone our way, I can’t think of a better, more dedicated group to work with, and I am so proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all of you,” Sussman said.

Fellow incumbent Shaughnessy said it was an honor to serve the residents of Jamesburg as a councilman.

“It’s been an honor serving the Borough of Jamesburg. I’m proud of what we accomplished in my time on council, and I recognize how much more work needs to be done here. … We are proud members of a special community. I hope I have served the borough well, and I appreciate all who work in, for, and in service of the Borough of Jamesburg. I appreciate every business owner who has chosen our town for their livelihood, and all of the people who patronize them. I am grateful for every voter who used their voice in service of our democracy. There are so many who make the Borough of Jamesburg a great place to live, and I hope to be counted among them. Thank you all and Go Team Jamesburg,” he said.