Hightstown Councilwoman Cristina Fowler was sworn in Saturday, officially ousting the last Republican official in Mercer County.
“I just wanted to say it’s an honor to serve Hightstown and I wanted to thank all the residents who’ve placed their trust in me, and I look forward to working with an incredible council and the administration,” she said at Monday’s reorganization meeting.
Democratic Councilman Joe Cicalese was sworn into his own new term Monday.
Fowler replaces Councilman Lee Stults, who became the County’s last Republican officeholder elected in a partisan race after Democrats swept races in Hamilton and flipped a seat in Hopewell in 2019.
Councilwoman Susan Bluth was appointed council president. She replaces Councilman Dimitri Musing.
“Congratulations Susan Bluth, you’re my council president. Roll up your sleeves. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Mayor Lawrence Quattrone said.
The party’s newly completed stranglehold on the county is a massive victory for Mercer County Democratic Chairwoman Janice Mironov.
Mironov, who is also East Windsor mayor, repeatedly downplayed Republicans’ shrinking presence in the county over past years, saying she was focused on upcoming contest and the race in Hightstown wasn’t a point of outsized concern.
A number of prominent Democrats, including Mironov, State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton).
County Commissioners Nina Melker and Lucylle Walter, as well as County Surrogate Diane Gerofsky and Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.