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Sayreville Mayor-elect Victoria Kilpatrick

Sayreville Dems back Kilpatrick for mayor

Councilwoman beats Buchanan in screening committee vote

By David Wildstein, March 27 2019 10:06 am

Sayreville Democrats picked councilwoman Victoria Kilpatrick as their candidate for mayor, edging out the front-runner, council president Daniel Buchanan, in a vote of the local party organization.

She is now expected to face Republican Arthur Rittenhouse, a former councilman, in the general election.  The Republican incumbent, Kennedy O’Brien, is not seeking re-election after 20 years as mayor.

Democrats chose Michele Maher, a recreation committee member whose grandmother drove a Sayreville school bus for 32 years, to replace Buchanan on the council.

Former councilman David McGill, who came within 273 votes of ousting O’Brien four years ago, will seek re-election.

Kilpatrick won an open council seat in 2014 by 128 votes and was re-elected in 2017 by 353 votes.

Rittenhouse lost his seat in 2016 by 1,545 votes to Democrat Ricci Melendez.

Democrats now have a 6-0 majority on the borough council after Republican councilman Pat Lembo lost his seat last year by 725 votes to Democrat Damon Enriquez.

Elections are still close in Sayreville, where Hillary Clinton outpolled Donald Trump by just 281 votes and where Phil Murphy won by 135.  Republicans came within 163 votes of winning a council seat in 2017.

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5 thoughts on “Sayreville Dems back Kilpatrick for mayor

  1. If you stop letting everyone in our town the republicans might stand a fair chance. We need to get Sayreville back to the way it used to be.

  2. I don’t care if your republican or demorcrat I just care about who is going to clean up our great town. Stop the building and stop allowing people form the projects to move into our town. Winding woods took so many in, its infested with drugs and crime not safe for families or our kids. We need to cleanup our town I would love to hear how you are going to do that.
    Thank You

  3. The drugs and crime are everywhere in Sayreville. So that project mess is bull. The problem is people thinking there better we all have issues and once people come to the realization then change will come until then the lies corruption and discrimination will continue. Face reality resistance get us no where and time always changes it’s inevitable.

  4. Who are the commenters referring to when they say “stop letting them into our town”? And what are these people doing to Sayreville?

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