Cherry Hill mayor Chuck Cahn will not seek re-election to a third term, with Camden County freeholder Susan Shin Angulo emerging as the leading contender to replace him.
Shin Angulo would become the first Korean-American woman to serve as mayor in New Jersey.
Cherry Hill Democrats will meet on Tuesday to formally decide their organization candidate for mayor, and to pick a new council candidate to replace Melinda Hopkins Kane.
Kane is expected to join the Board of Freeholders within the next couple of weeks to replace Bill Moen, who was nominated on Saturday as the organization candidate for State Assembly in the 5th district.
Cahn was a local businessman who made his first bid for public office in 2011 when Bernie Platt decided not to run again. He won 58% of the vote that year and was easily re-elected in 2015.
Shin Angulo was elected to the Cherry Hill Township Council in 2009 and was elected freeholder in 2015. She was the first Asian-American freeholder elected in New Jersey.
Gov. Phil Murphy nominated Shin Angulo last week to serve on the board of New Jersey Transit.
With a population of more than 71,000, Cherry Hill is the 14th largest municipality in New Jersey.
Cherry Hill is heavily Democratic, and Republicans haven’t won there since Bruce Wallace won a council seat in 1991.