Hopewell Valley election results

Edited at 9:47am Wednesday to say: Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello told MercerMe this morning:”From what I have learned, we have approximately 11,000 provisional ballots outstanding county-wide and vote by mail ballots from the drop boxes from last evening and those returned to the polling locations are not yet logged in.”


Election results are still coming in nationally, with the presidential race too close to call; but in the Hopewell Valley, the results appear to be set. The result below, announced as an unofficial tally by the Mercer County Clerk last night, do not include provisional ballots cast yesterday. They do include machine cast ballots (151 in the whole county). It is not clear what percentage of the mailed in votes remain to be counted – we have reached out to the Clerk’s office to clarify that and will update this story when that question is answered.

The big story for Hopewell Township is the Board of Education race, where five candidates ran for three seats. As of now the results are:

Hopewell Valley BOE

Andrea Driver 4,430 (22.93%)
Anita Williams Galiano 4,056 (21%)
Adam Sawicki 4,043 (20.93%)
Jackie Genovsi 3,588 (18.57%)
Ross Gordon 3,097 (16.03%)

There were no Board of Education seats up in either of the two boroughs.

Other local races had the following unofficial results:

Hopewell Borough Council (vote for 2)

Ryan Kennedy (D) 661
Schuyler Morehouse (R) 251
Write ins 5

Hopewell Township Committee (vote for 2)

Kevin Kuchinski (D) 6,399
Michael Ruger (D) 6,361
Write ins 170

Pennington Borough Council (vote for 2)

Kennen Gross (D) 945
Catherine (Kit) Chandler (D) 934
Write ins 9

Hopewell Township Fire Commissioner – (vote for 2)

Cosmo Tomaro 3243 (29.18%)
Erick Burd 2,946 (26.51%)
Joe Novak 2,528 (22.75%)
Tim Lynch 2,347 (21.12%)
Write ins 49

Hopewell Township Fire Commissioner

Ambrish Agarwal 5,342 (99.12%)
Write ins 50

County seats

At the County level, the only race that was contested was for sheriff, and incumbent Jack Kemler (D) beat his opponent Bucky Boccanfuso ( R) handily 71.7% to 28.21%. Freeholders Lucy Walter (D) and John Cimino (D), both incumbents ran unopposed as did Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello (D).

New Jersey representatives to Congress

At the State level, Senator Cory Booker (D) won with 69.2% of the vote as did Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) with 75.96%.

Public Questions

There were three public questions on the ballot for New Jerseyans, with the legalization of marijuana the most closely watched and it appears to have passed overwhelmingly. According to NJ.com, as of 4:54 am with 62.56% of the vote reported, the tally is 66.94% in favor of legalization. This percentage was reflected in Mercer County, which as of last night had tallied 71.04% in favor of legalization.

Question 2, which asked whether voters favor an expansion of the property tax deduction for veterans, passed with 76.33% of the vote as of 4:54 this morning.

Question 3, which concerns a schedule change in planned redistricting also passed with 59.45% of the vote.

President

New Jersey and Mercer County, as expected, voted overwhelmingly for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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Amie Rukenstein
Amie Rukenstein is a very curious and enthusiastic resident of Hopewell Township who can never let a question go unanswered. Amie lives in Titusville with her husband, Ron, and numerous pets. She vastly enjoys frequent visits from her college-age children and their friends. In most aspects of her life, including with her new role at MercerMe, Amie is an organizer. With a full-time job and as a member of several non-profit organizations, she finds herself most often with her laptop open and excel and google on the screen. She does, however, leave the computer as often as possible to hike in Washington Crossing Park. Amie and Ron recently purchased what appears to be the oldest structure in Titusville. Known as The Titus Store at the corner of Church and River Drive and abandoned for 20 years, they look forward to restoring the building to its former glory.

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