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County-backed Dems sweep Camden Council races

Worst performing establishment candidate got 64% of the vote

By Nikita Biryukov, June 05 2019 1:19 am

County-backed Democratic in Camden swept Tuesday’s council elections, racking up huge margins against their progressive challengers.

Councilwoman Marilyn Torres won 637 votes to Matthew Goodwin’s 111, beating the ward’s second-place finished by 64 points. A third candidate, Vida Neil Rosiji got 64 votes.

In the fourth ward, Councilwoman Felisha Reyes-Morton won 630 votes, beating challenger Tirson Lamberty by 76 points. Lamberty got 84 votes.

The race in the first ward was closer than any other in the city, but it still wasn’t close. Shaneka Boucher won with 562 votes, 64% of those cast. Vance Bowman received 243 votes, or about 28%.

Tina Israel got 28 votes, and Gloria Marshal got 39.

In the second ward, Victor Carstarphen got 800 votes to Theo Spencer’s 293.

The victories are big one for Camden’s Democratic machine, which faced challenges from South Jersey progressive Democrats angling to reduce the influence of power broker George Norcross.

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