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Former State Sen. Marcia Karrow. (Photo: Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders).

Karrow unseats Driver in Flemington

Democrats seem to hold three council seats, however

By Joey Fox, November 08 2022 11:13 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that former Republican State Sen. Marcia Karrow has flipped the Flemington mayor’s office, unseating Democratic incumbent Betsy Driver.

As of 11:08 p.m., Karrow leads Driver 54%-46%, a margin of 91 votes.

Driver was first elected to the mayor’s office in 2018, unseating Republican incumbent Phil Greiner by just 26 votes. A former journalist and CBS News producer, Driver became the first openly intersex person to win public office in the entire country.

Karrow, meanwhile, has had a long political career dating back to 1993, when she won a seat on the Raritan Township Committee. (Raritan Township surrounds Flemington, and the two municipalities share a school district.) Karrow was elected to the State Assembly in 2005 and briefly served in the State Senate before losing a Republican primary in 2009 to now-State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford).

Even though Karrow has won the mayor’s office, three Democrats – Councilman Jeremy Long, Susan Engelhardt, and Councilman Tony Parker – lead their Republican opponents for three seats on the borough council.

Long (27%) and Engelhardt (26%) lead Republicans Milissa Swingle (24%) and James Weintraub (23%) for two full terms, while Parker leads Republican Bryan Cimino 52%-48% for an unexpired term.

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