The Democratic primary for mayor of Lambertville is still too close to call, but the path for former Mayor David DelVecchio’s return is narrow.
Newcomer Andrew Nowick leads DelVecchio by 52 votes, 678 to 626 – a 52%-48% margin.
According to election officials, there are 61 ballots that remain uncounted: 31 provisional ballots cast on Election Day, and 30 vote-by-mail ballots. DelVecchio would need to get 57 of those 61 votes, 93.4%, to take the lead.
A new state law allows VBM ballots postmarked by 8 PM on June 8 to be counted as long as they are received by the Hunterdon County Board of Elections by close of business on Monday, June 14.
It isn’t immediately clear how many ballots were rejected by elections officials that can be cured before the June 21 deadline.
The winner of the primary will face Lambertville Historical Society president Michael Menche. He filed as an independent candidate on Tuesday.
DelVecchio served as mayor for 27 years before losing the Democratic primary in 2018. The winner of that race, Julia Fahl, is not a candidate for a second term.
Fahl had named Nowick her community advisory team.
Republicans have not run candidates in the heavily-Democratic city for years, and have not elected a mayor since Frank Fuzo won in 1988.