Lawrence Township Councilman Mike Powers, who has represented the Mercer County town since 2003 and served two terms as mayor, announced today that he won’t seek re-election in 2023.
“With the upcoming departure of Cathleen Lewis from the council, I have been approached by a number of qualified Democrats interested in serving on the Lawrence Township Council,” Powers said in a statement. “I want these folks to know early on that there will be at least two opportunities to run for council in the November 2023 election.”
Lewis will soon ascend to the post of Mercer County Commissioner, which she won in November after beating out six other Democrats at last spring’s Democratic convention. Powers tried to make that same leap to county commissioner twice, in 2019 and 2021, but was unsuccessful.
There’s already at least one candidate in the race for the township council in 2023: Joe Forte, the vice chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee LGBTQ Caucus.