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Camden shuffle opens Cherry Hill council seat

Melinda Kane move to freeholder board means a new council member Camden’s biggest town

By David Wildstein, March 23 2019 4:55 pm

There is still one more spot to fill in the game of musical chairs set off by the retirement of Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-Barrington): an open seat on the Cherry Hill Township Council.

Camden County Democrats have picked two-term freeholder Bill Moen to take Jones Assembly seat, and Melinda Hopkins Kane to replace Moen on the Board of Freeholders.

Kane was expected to run for a third term on the council this fall, but will now run in a November special election to fill the remaining 26 months of Moen’s term.   She will need to resign from the council first.

Democrats have until the April 1 filing deadline to pick a new candidate to run with mayor Chuck Cahn and two other incumbents who are up this year.

On a parallel track, the Cherry Hill Democratic County Committee will need to submit three names to the council to fill the remaining nine months of Kane’s term.   They can pick the candidate who will run in the general election, although there is no legal obligation to do so.

Cherry Hill is heavily Democratic, and Republicans haven’t won there since Bruce Wallace won a council seat in 1991.

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