Cherry Hill Democrats are expected to pick attorney Michele Berman Golkow to replace Melinda Hopkins Kane on the township council.
Golkow will be the latest cog in a game of political musical chairs played out in Camden County that began with the announcement that Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-Barrington) would not seek re-election to a third term.
Democrats picked freeholder Bill Moen, Cory Booker’s South Jersey political director, as their Assembly candidate to replace Egan Jones in the 5th legislative district. Moen resigned from the Board of Freeholders last Friday to concentrate on his Assembly bid.
Democrats will hold a special election convention on Thursday to pick Kane, a gold star mother who lost a son in Afghanistan, to fill Moen’s vacant freeholder seat.
Kane’s council seat is up in November and Democrats selected Golkow last night to run as the organization candidate in the June primary.
The final component of the Camden moves will come later this year.
Cherry Hill mayor Chuck Cahn is not seeking a third term and Democrats have tapped freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, a former councilwoman, as their mayoral candidate.
If Shin Angulo wins – she’s the heavy favorite in the Democratic stronghold – Democrats will need to fill her seat on the freeholder board.
Golkow could be a councilwoman by mid-April.
Golkow, 55, is the immediate past president of Temple Beth Shalom and a past president of Jewish Family and Children’s’ Services of South Jersey. She practices employee benefits law with a Philadelphia firm.
“I am running for office for the first time because I want to work with Cherry Hill residents to promote a neighborhood friendly, fiscally responsible, compassionate agenda for our community,” said Michele Golkow. “Cherry Hill has always been a special place, and I’m committed to an open government that encourages civic engagement.”