Tyler J. Burrell, a 24-year-old law student, has begun his second four-year term as a Delran councilman and is now the Council President.
He is likely among the youngest council presidents in the state. The youngest in New Jersey history was possibly Michael Ceponis, who became Somerville Council President in 1975 at age 22.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker swore in Burrell.
Tyler is really today making Delran history by becoming the youngest Council President in Delran Township,” Booker said. “I would dare say in the pantheon in American elected leadership, he is one of the exciting, rising stars in our country. No more noble calling does anyone have than anyone has then to serve their fellow human.”
Burrell won the Democratic primary for township council 2016, at age 19, and was 20 when he was sworn in four years ago.
He was the top vote-getter in that primary, a four-way race for two seats, and won by a near 2-1 margin. He won the general election by 446 votes over Republican Shane Garland.
As a candidate for re-election in 2020, Burrell was again the top vote-getter. He led Republican William Kelly by 1,445 votes and ran 1,344 votes ahead of President-elect Joe Biden.
“We may have the ability to affect more positive change for our community here, than anyone else at this very moment,” Burrell said. “We start our pursuit for a more perfect Delran, today. Our community is relying on us.”