Valley primary election results: Kennedy leads primary race for Democratic mayoral nomination

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Councilman Ryan Kennedy leads in the primary to secure the Democratic nomination for the November general election mayor’s race to succeed Mayor Paul Anzano.

Kennedy leads Marylou Ferrara, who is a former Hopewell Township mayor and committee member, by 33 votes after receiving 240 votes on June 6. Ferrara has earned 207 votes.

When Anzano announced on March 12 that he would not seek re-election and would retire, that announcement created a primary contest to succeed him with Kennedy and Ferrara throwing their hats in the race.

This was the only contested June primary race throughout Hopewell Valley.

No Republican candidates filed to run for the Republican nomination for the Borough’s mayoral race.

The primary results reflect what has been posted online by the Mercer County Clerk’s Office as of June 6.

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

The general election for races is set to take place on Nov. 7.

Hopewell Borough Council, two seats available:

In the Democratic primary, Sheri Hook received 345 votes to earn a place on the ballot in November.

Heidi Wilenius secured 338 votes to also earn a spot on the ballot.

In the Republican primary, incumbent Republican Council President Charles “Sky” Morehouse was the only candidate in the primary and received 33 votes.

Hopewell Township Committee, two seats available:

In the Democratic primary, incumbent Michael Ruger, who currently serves as mayor, received 922 votes in the uncontested contest for the nomination.

Incumbent Committeeman Kevin Kuchinski secured 914 votes also earning a spot on the November ballot.

There were no candidates who filed to run in the Republican primary.

Pennington Mayor, four-year term:

Incumbent Mayor James Davy will be on the November ballot as he earned 233 votes in an uncontested Democratic primary for the nomination.

No candidates filed to run in the Republic primary.

Pennington Council, two seats available:

In the Democratic primary, Councilman John Valenza received 234 votes in the primary to earn a spot on the November ballot. He seeks his first full three-year term on Council after being appointed to fill former Councilman Ken Gross’ unexpired term.

Incumbent Council President Catherine “Kit” Chandler received 232 votes for a spot on the ballot.

For the Republican ticket there were no candidates filed to run.f

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