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Millville Commissioner Bruce Cooper. (Photo: NJ Globe file photo).

In Cumberland Dem freeholder primary, Cooper takes the lead

By David Wildstein, July 08 2020 7:26 pm

The Democratic primary for Cumberland County Freeholder continues to see-saw in a close contest that probably won’t be decided for at least a week.

Millville Commissioner Bruce Cooper, who is running on the organization line with two incumbents, has now taken a narrow  20-vote lead against Donna Pearson, a former freeholder  who was running off-the-line.

Cooper has 3,902 votes and Pearson is at 3,882.

About 1,200 ballots remain uncounted.  Additional vote-by-mail ballots can still come in, as long as they were postmarked on Election Day and arrive at the county election office by July 14.

Cumberland County Democrats picked Cooper after dropping Freeholder Jack Surrency from the ticket.

Surrency, running with Pearson and Tracey Wells-Huggins, is running lats with 3,159 votes.

Incumbents Carol Musso (4,843) and George Castellini (4,092) have been consistently ahead for the first two seats.

Wells-Huggins is in fifth place with 3,414 votes

Surrency, Pearson and Wells-Huggins were bracketed on the ballot with Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy.

Kennedy carried Cumberland County.  With more ballots still to be counted, she has a 1,955-vote lead over organization candidate Brigid Callahan Harrison, 55%-30%.

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