Evesham Republicans have switched township council candidates, picking Jason Inglessis to run following the withdrawal of Mark Mancuso.
Once a GOP stronghold, Republicans are trying to hold on to their last two council seats. Inglessis will run with Drew Wilson, a former alternate zoning board member.
One of the incumbents, Ken D’Andrea, is seeking re-election as an independent. He’s running with another Republican, former Planning Board member Stephen Fortino.
The Democratic candidates are Eddie Freeman, an attorney who completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve, and Ginamarie Cordero Espinoza, the constituent services director in Rep. Donald Norcross’ office.
Democrats took control of Evesham in 2018 when Jaclyn Veasy was elected mayor by a 52%-48% margin over GOP councilman Steve Zeuli. Democrats beat incumbent councilwoman Deborah Hackman and picked up Zeuli’s seat, giving them a 3-2 majority.
The incumbent mayor, Republican Randy Brown, dropped his re-election bid in the fall. Brown had won re-election in 2014 with 62% of the vote.
Evesham has now swung Democratic. The township has delivered pluralities for Hillary Clinton in 2016, Phil Murphy in 2017, Bob Menendez and favorite son Andy Kim in 2018, and Democratic Assembly candidates in 2019.
Hometown State Sen. Dawn Addiego switched to the Democratic Party last year after winning her hometown by just 89 votes in 2017.
Inglessis is an operations manager for a family-owned research supply company. He’s served as treasurer for several local GOP campaigns.
“Jason is a great candidate for Evesham Township Council,” said Evesham Republican Municipal Chair Michael Troso. “His educational background and experience in a complex, multi-national business environment will bring a new perspective to our Council.”
Republican Bob DiEnna is not seeking re-election.
An earlier version of this story listed Wilson as a zoning board member. He was an alternate member and left the board last year.