Township Democrats Balk At Running on Mayer-Hutchison-Schmidt Ticket
With three tax raisers on the
ticket, leading Dems
take pulse of town and realize victory is impossible
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP -- Several weeks after
announcing Trenton tax-raiser David Mayer as their standard-bearer for
this year's election, leading Gloucester Township Democrats have passed at
the opportunity to run on a ticket headed by three candidates with long
and deep records of raising Gloucester Township's taxes.
The difficulties are so great that the ticket of
David Mayer, S. Daniel Hutchison, and Franklin Schmidt will have to name a
fourth candidate to their slate who has no previous elected experience.
"Many Democrats in our town have their fingers on
the pulse of the community," said Mayor Cindy Rau-Hatton. "They know that
the Democrats on Council have backed themselves into a corner with their
record of consistently raising our taxes. Now with David Mayer at the top
of the ticket and his $1.9 billion in Trenton tax increases, they cannot
find a candidate with experience who is willing to run on their slate."
Political veterans and former elected officials are
often careful to choose when they run for office, knowing that the
electoral climate and their running mates will have a great deal to do
with whether they are ultimately successful. A failure by the
Mayer-Hutchison-Schmidt ticket to recruit a candidate with any previous
elected experience will show that top Democrat candidates balked at
running this year on with a team that has such a poor record to stand on.
"We will know soon whether or not any of the
veterans of the Gloucester Township Democrats are willing to step up and
appear on a ballot with the tax-raising team of Mayer, Hutchison, and
Schmidt," said Councilwoman Shelley Lovett. "The fourth member of their
ticket will tell us a lot about what kind of a chance the Gloucester
Township Democrat leadership thinks they will have in this year's
election. Running a first-time candidate will prove beyond a doubt that
they know this is not going to be their year."
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