South Brunswick mayor likely to win Democratic primary; council races in North and South Brunswick uncontested


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South Brunswick Township Mayor Charles Carley likely to win the Democratic primary.

With 2,030 votes in the primary election on June 7, he has an overwhelming lead over Democratic primary challenger Arthur L. Robinson, who has received 481 votes. There are two write-in votes as of June 9.

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Carley, a civil engineer and 30-year resident, has been a South Brunswick Township Council member since 2005 and has been mayor since 2018. If re-elected, his focus would continue to be on municipal government, public safety and taxes.

Robinson, retired commander of the U.S. Navy and 33-year resident, was a member of the South Brunswick Board of Education for 12 years. Robinson has said he was running for mayor “to serve as a people-oriented mayor of South Brunswick by providing efficiency and transparency in municipal operations.”

Republican Michael J. Havardansky ran with the support of the Middlesex County Republican Organization. He has secured 775 votes. There are nine write-in votes.

North Brunswick and South Brunswick Township Councils

The council races during the primary election in North Brunswick and South Brunswick were uncontested.

In South Brunswick, there is one, four-year term seat open.

South Brunswick Incumbent Democrat Kenneth Bierman will face Republican John J. Anthony in the November general election.

Bierman received 2,288 votes. There were 12 write-in votes. Anthony received 762 votes. There are seven write-in votes.

In North Brunswick, there are two, three-year terms open.

Democratic incumbents Amanda Guadagnino, who received 1,504 votes, and Ralph Andrews, who received 1,500 votes, will face Republican candidates Robert Saphow, who received 418 votes, and Prem Kankanala, who received 410 votes, in the general election.

There are 14 write-in votes in the Democratic primary and seven write-in votes in the Republican primary.

The general election is on Nov. 8.

The primary results listed reflect what has been posted online by the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office as of June 9.

The results of the primary election will remain unofficial until certified.

Provisional ballots have not been counted yet and mail-in ballots postmarked on June 7 are still able to be counted until June 13.

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