By William E. Cleary Sr.
For all those political fanatics in Gloucester City looking forward to an exciting June Primary election it appears you will have to look elsewhere for the "war of words". Yesterday (Monday, April 9) was the filing deadline for the Primary. There will be no contest for the council seats as there are only three people running for the three vacated seats that expired at the end of this year. And as for the Committee seats there is only one contest and that is in the Third Ward.
Following the upset of the City Democrat organization last November by the "Independent or New Democrats" (Bill James, Jay Brophy, and Nick Marchese) there was speculation that the upcoming June primary would be another hotly contested election. The differences between the two sides have been mended and the newcomers of the City Democrat organization have won out.
Those endorsed by the "New" Organization for City Council include: John Hutchinson, (1st Ward), Bruce Parry, (2nd Ward), and Kellie Ferry, (3rd Ward). The three are running unopposed.
Stepping down from office will be Council members Rocky Kormann, Elsie Loebell and Jean Kaye.
Camden County Male Committee people include: Patrick R. Hagan and Robert Saunders (1st Ward), Francis Wunsch and Raymond Coxe (2nd Ward).
In the Third Ward there are three candidates running for two seats. They include, Sean Murphy, Daniel Cosner and Ron Pollander. Pollander is running under the banner "Dedicated Democrat for Change."
Camden County Female Committee people: Anna Marie Smith and Carol Stafford (1st Ward), Bernadette Flinn and Vanessa Courant (2nd Ward), Helen "Lynn" Bucher and Mary DeFoney (3rd Ward).
No Nominations Made for Republican Candidates
James, Brophy and Marchese issued the following joint statement, "we would like to add that the new Mayor and Council endorse all of these candidates and are looking forward to working and cooperating with them in the near future for a better Gloucester City.