Democrats easily win seats on Township Committee

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A former township school board member and a prominent local businesswoman easily won seats on Township Committee, according to Election Day voting results posted by Atlantic County Clerk Edward P. McGettigan.

Former Hamilton Township School Board member Rodney Guishard topped a field of four candidates running for two open seats.

Guishard, a Democrat, captured 5,283 votes or 28.63 percent on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Election results will be declared official after absentee and messenger ballots are counted and the results certified later this week and after this newspaper’s deadline.

Young’s Skating Rink co-owner Judy Link, also a Democrat, followed Guishard with 4,992 votes or 27.05 percent.

Republican David Wigglesworth, the president of the township Planning Board, finished third, but 769 votes behind Guishard. Wigglesworth received 4,224 votes or 22.88 percent.

Former Mayor and Committeeman Bruce A. Strigh, also a Republican, earned 3,950 votes or 21.40 percent.

Guishard and Link will take over seats vacated by Deputy Mayor Charles Cain, who decided not to run for re-election to spend more time with his growing automobile dealerships, and by Harvey Kesselman, who said that he felt he accomplished all that he had set out to do as a committeeman.

Township School Board

In a two-person race for three seats on the Hamilton Township School Board, John Sacchenelli was the leading vote-getter with 3,862 markers or 45.94 percent of the total. Amelia Francis followed him with 4,144 votes or 49.29 percent.

Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District

Incumbent School Board Member Mike Petuskey, a captain with the Hamilton Township Police Department, was the lone candidate for the seat representing the township on the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District Board of Education.

Petuskey received 4,903 votes 0r 98.73 percent. There were 63 write-in votes.

Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Incumbent Dist. 5 Freeholder James Bertino of Hammonton won re-election to a three-year term by more than 3,100 votes.

Bertino, a Republican, captured 11,576 or 57.82 percent of the vote.

Democrat Party candidate Erica Polito, also of Hammonton, received 8,444 votes or 42.18 percent of the vote.

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