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Evesham Township Council candidates Drew Wilson, left, and Mark Mancuso.

Evesham GOP seeks to hold two council seats

Democrats have 3-2 majority

By David Wildstein, March 13 2020 12:55 pm

Evesham Republicans are running two millennial candidates, Drew Wilson and Mark Mancuso, in a bid to hold on to their last two council seats.

The incumbents, Bob DiEnna and Ken D’Andrea, are not seeking re-election.

Wilson is a project manager at Cigna and serves on the Evesham Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Mancuso worked teaching English in South Korea before moving to Evesham.  He works as director of business development for Marken, a pharmaceutical and biotech company.

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.

Once a Republican stronghold, 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.

“Drew and Mark are exactly who we need to bring Evesham Township into the next decade,” said Evesham Republican Municipal Chair Michael Troso. “Their combined business experience and commitment to the community will bring an innovative approach to our township council as they work to help make Evesham an affordable and attractive destination for businesses and residents alike.”

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