Hopewell Township Mayor Harvey Lester announced today that he is switching his party affiliation to Republican.
Citing ongoing disagreements with Township Democratic Party officials, he explained, “I believe in limiting development. Always have, always will. In the past, Democrats have represented that view, but following their massive Kooltronic-Pennytown scheme and more massive Scotch Road Town Center proposal, I see that local Republicans are currently the party holding the line on development. It’s about values, not labels.”
Mayor Lester also said, “After several months of trying to inject new blood and new ideas into local Democratic orthodoxy, I feel that I am moving to a party where my kind of thinking outside the box will be successful.”
Township Republican chair Mary Jane Chipowsky stated, “We welcome Harvey Lester. He has demonstrated a willingness to listen to the voters and to work cooperatively with all sides to achieve the best possible outcome for the Township.”