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Burlington Dems pick candidates in bid to take freeholder board

Ex-freeholder will run against GOP County Clerk

By David Wildstein, March 17 2018 12:35 pm

George Youngkin, who nearly ousted State Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-Evesham) in 2017, will run for Burlington County Freeholder as Democrats seek to win control for the first time since 1975.  He will be on ticket with Willingboro school board member Felicia Hopson.

Democrats won two freeholder seats in 2017, leaving Republicans with a narrow 3-2 majority.   Two GOP incumbents are running: Kate Gibbs, who works for the Operating Engineers Local 825, and Linda Hughes, who lost re-election last year but remained on the freeholder board when she was appointed to fill a vacancy after Ryan Peters moved to the State Assembly.

Democrats need to pick up just one of the two seats to win control of county government.

Former Freeholder Joanne Schwartz, who came within 350 votes of beating Peters in the Assembly race, will be the Democratic candidate for Burlington County Clerk.  She will oppose Timothy Tyler, who won the post as a Democrat in 2008, switched parties in 2011, and was re-elected as a Republican in 2013.

Burlington has become increasingly more Democratic over the last decade. Their edge in voter registration has expanded to 37,002, as of the start of this month; in 2007, Burlington had 746 more Republicans than Democrats.

Youngkin, a former Medford Zoning Board chairman, won 48% against Addiego last November.

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