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Niedergang returns to, Newlin joins Princeton Council

Princeton voters have returned Princeton Councilwoman Eve Niedergang to the Princeton Council and also voted in her running mate, Leighton Newlin, in an uncontested race for a pair of three-year terms in the Nov. 2 General Election.

When the last vote was counted and certified, the final vote tally for Niedergang was 6,553 votes. Newlin received 6,492 votes. They are Democrats.

The vote tallies were certified by Mercer County officials and released Nov. 19. The certified vote tallies included early voting, Election Day voting, mail-in ballots and provisional ballots.

The Republican Party did not put up candidates for the two open seats on the Princeton Council.

Niedergang said earlier this month that she was excited to win another term on the Princeton Council, because it will enable her to continue working on issues that range from open space preservation to affordable housing, infrastructure and climate change.

One of those climate change issues is flooding, which is something that residents should not have to face, Niedergang said. There has to be a better way to handle flooding, and as a community, steps must be taken to address it, she said.

Niedergang said she also expects to focus on infrastructure – specifically, the sewer system. The town needs to make investments in the sewer system, she said.

In her second term, Niedergang said, she wants to focus on social justice and racial equality issues. She said she wants to make Princeton a home that is “accessible to the many, not just the few.”

Newlin said earlier this month that as a newcomer to the Princeton Council, he is going to “listen, pay attention, learn, do the research and become a student again.”

“I am going to make good choices for the people of this fine town, and do so with humility. ‘Smart growth, wise choices’ is not just a campaign slogan. It’s a personal mantra for the next chapter in my life,” Newlin said.

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