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Former Franklin councilman dies

By David Wildstein, February 25 2019 9:15 am

Peter Van Steyn, a former Franklin Township (Gloucester) committeeman, died on February 21.  He was 81.

He was 30-years-old when he was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the township committee in 1967.  The incumbent, Democrat Carl Bowman, resigned to become an assistant Gloucester County prosecutor.

He lost a special election that year for Bowman’s unexpired term to Republican Charles Edmunds by 266 votes.  Democratic Mayor Americo Antonelli was also defeated for re-election by his predecessor, James Peretti.

Van Steyn won a 1968 rematch when he defeated Edmunds by 369 votes (55%).

He did not seek re-election in 1971.

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