Two Trenton City council incumbents were re-elected by wide margins in Tuesday’s runoff election, while a third lost his seat in a landslide.
In the race for an open East Ward council seat, Joseph Harrison leads Taiwanda Terry-Wilson by just three votes, 764 to 761. Harrison lost a runoff to Verlina Reynolds-Jackson four years ago. Reynolds-Jackson left the council in February after her election to the State Assembly.
Council President Zachary Chester lost his West Ward council seat to challenger Robin Vaughn. Vaughn won 67% of the vote – 2,122 to 1,049. She was the top vote-getter in the May 8 municipal election, while Chester just barely made the runoff against third-place finisher Shirley Gaines.
Incumbents Marge Caldwell-Wilson and George Muschal nearly won their seats outright last month, each getting 47% of the vote. Both won easily.
Caldwell-Wilson won 66% against Algernon Ward, Jr., 1,250 to 657. Muschal defeated Damian Malave by a 61%-39% margin, 856 to 549.