Newcome Andrew Nowick has won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Lambertville, ending David DelVecchio’s hopes of returning to the job he held for 27 years before losing three years ago.
DelVecchio has no path to winning now that most of the uncounted ballots have been tallied.
The latest count expanded Nowick’s election night lead from 52 to 65 after 41 additional vote-by-mail allots were counted on Wednesday. He now leads 705 to 649, 52%-48%.
Nowick will now face Michael Menche, the president of the Lambertville Historical Society, who filed as an independent candidate on Tuesday.
In 2018, 28-year-old political operative Julia Fahl ran off the line and ousted DelVecchio by 125 votes, 54%-46%. She did not seek re-election and Nowick inherited her political organization.
A new state law allows VBM ballots postmarked by 8 PM on June 8 to be counted as long as they are received by the Hunterdon County Board of Elections by close of business on Monday, June 14.
It isn’t immediately clear how many ballots were rejected by elections officials that can be cured before the June 21 deadline.
Republicans have not run candidates in the heavily-Democratic city for years, and have not elected a mayor since Frank Fuzo won in 1988.