It’s Blake Over Lester in Hopewell Township

Polls closed at 8pm this evening and results have been slowly coming in through the Mercer County Clerk. Based on those results, it appears that the Hopewell Township Committee race has gone to Democratic candidate Julie Blake, a teacher and political new-comer who has appeared to pull out a victory over one-term incumbent and current mayor Republican Harvey Lester. Based on the Mercer County Clerk’s reporting as of early this evening, Blake had 54% of the vote to Lester’s 45%, with 12 out of 12 districts reporting.

When reached for comment, Ms. Blake said, “I am tremendously honored by the faith Hopewell Township voters have expressed in me. I am committed to working across party lines and being responsive to ALL the voters of Hopewell Valley. I want to thank Mr. Lester for a spirited campaign and for his years of service to the Township and to NJ. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. “

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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