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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.”

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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