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Gloucester Township Democrats Finalize Ticket
With Candidate Possessing No Municipal Experience
With three tax raisers on
the ticket, leading Dems
could do no better than first-time candidate with no experience
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 finally
named the last member of their 2009 ticket. They experienced significant
difficulties finding a candidate willing to run on a ticket headed by
three candidates with long and deep records of raising Gloucester
It was predicted on Tuesday that the
difficulties would be 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.
On Thursday afternoon, former Trenton Assemblyman
David Mayer revealed by email that all the predictions were true,
announcing 40-year-old Michelle Gentek as the final member of their
Gentek has no experience with a public
budget and has never run for political office before. Despite the dire
need for seasoned, experienced leadership in today's tough economic
climate, the Gloucester Township Democrats could do no better than a
first-time candidate with no experience.
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. The 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.
On Tuesday, Councilwoman Shelley Lovett predicted,
"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."
"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," Lovett said at the time.
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