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Hamilton Councilman Charles Whalen.

Hamilton Dems back incumbent councilmen for re-election

By Nikita Biryukov, March 29 2021 11:41 am

Hamilton Democrats endorsed three incumbent councilmen for re-election in a voice vote Saturday morning.

Councilmen Anthony Carabelli, Rick Tighe and Charles Whalen will run for re-election with the support of the local Democratic organization in a town that fell completely under the party’s control in 2019.

“Since being elected these individuals have made great strides in improving the quality of life for Hamiltonians,” Hamilton Democratic Municipal Chair Barbara Plumeri said. “From addressing the issues at the Animal Shelter, consolidation of the Fire Department, and finding creative ways to support local businesses during this pandemic.”

The race, the first in Hamilton since 2019’s Democratic sweep, will see Whalen run for his first full term. Local Democrats tapped him to fill a vacant Council seat after Jeff Martin was sworn in as Hamilton mayor. He won a 15-point victory for the balance of Martin’s unexpired council term against Republican David Maher last year.

“I look forward to continuing our efforts for responsible economic development and look forward to creating local job opportunities for every Hamiltonian,” said Whalen, the assistant business manager for Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9.

It’s not clear who Republicans will push in the state’s ninth-largest municipality. The party saw infighting in 2019. The local GOP backed then-Mayor Kelly Yaede’s re-election, but Mercer County Republican Chairwoman Lisa Richford awarded the line to Yaede critic David Henderson, who lost in the primary.

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