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Allison Eckel. (Photo: Allison Eckel).

Eckel wins special election convention for Burlington County Commissioner

GOP expected to go to court on Wednesday to block her from taking office

By David Wildstein, April 26 2022 6:50 pm

In a meeting that lasted less than four minutes, Allison Eckel won a special election convention for Burlington County Commissioner on Tuesday evening.  She will replace Linda Hynes, who resigned in January to become a Superior Court judge.

Eckel, a member of the Lenape Regional High School Board of Education and a 2021 Assembly candidate, is the Democratic organization candidate to replace Hynes in the upcoming June 7 primary.  She won by acclamation.

She is expected to be sworn in at a meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday evening.

There is some controversy surrounding the election, since the statutory deadline to fill Hynes’ seat was February 19.  Republicans are expected to go to court in a bid to stop her from taking the oath of office.

The GOP filed a lawsuit last month asking a judge to block the seating of a new county commissioner because Andl missed the deadline, but Superior Court Judge John E. Harrington said that case was “not ripe for adjudication at this time” and dismissed the complaint.

Either way, Eckel will face Mount Holly Mayor Jason Jones in the primary, but he’s on the ballot just to secure a preferential ballot position for his slate of Democratic county committee candidates.

The Republican organization candidate for county commissioner is Jeff Fortune, a former Mount Holly school board member.  He faces Valerie Gallagher, an ally of GOP congressional candidate Ian Smith, in the primary.

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