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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (left) with three councilmembers-elect in Washington Township: Donald Brown, Jack Yerkes, and Peter Del Borrello. (Photo: Brown - Yerkes - Del Borrello for Washington Township Council).

Republicans take control of council in Gloucester’s Washington Township

Three Democratic council incumbents lose re-election

By Joey Fox, November 09 2022 10:50 am

The New Jersey Globe projects that Republicans have won three seats on the Washington Township Council in Gloucester County, defeating three incumbents and flipping control of the council from 3-2 Democratic to 5-0 Republican.

As of 10:50 a.m., Republicans Peter Del Borrello, Donald Brown, and Jack Yerkes each have 18% of the vote, leading Democratic incumbents Andra Pasquarella-Williams, Sean Longfellow, and Andrea Dougherty, each of whom has 15%.

The mayor’s office, however, is still controlled by Democrats; Mayor Joann Gattinelli won re-election in 2020 and won’t be up again until 2024.

Washington Township is the most populous municipality in Gloucester County, itself one of New Jersey’s most competitive counties. What happens in Washington could have big implications for the redrawn 4th legislative district, where Democrats face a tough battle to hold three seats in the 2023 legislative elections.

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