Sue Nemeth, the former Princeton Township committeewoman who is running for a seat on the Princeton Council, lost her bid for a seat on the 2014 Princeton Community Democratic Organization executive board last night.
Thirteen candidates were vying for 12 at-large seats on the board.
Nemeth is running in the Democratic primary for Princeton Council this June with Council President Bernie Miller, her former Princeton Township Committee colleague. The pair will seek to unseat incumbent fellow Democrat Jo Butler. The slate is endorsed by Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Councilman Lance Liverman and Councilwoman Heather Howard.
About 65 people attended the annual reorganization meeting of the club last night at the Suzanne Patterson Center. Members also elected officers for 2014.
Leaders of the organization encouraged candidates to step forward and run for the two council seats, leading former Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand to speak out against the unprecedented endorsement by the mayor and other council members of the slate, saying that the forming of a slate backed early on by the mayor and two other Democratic council members is intimidating to any potential new candidates who might be considering running.
The club also voted on a change to the endorsement process for candidates. A candidate must receive a minimum of 60 percent of the votes cast by members present and voting at the endorsement meeting to receive the club’s endorsement. Any candidate for local municipal office who gets less than 60 percent, but does get a vote of at least 40 percent of the ballots cast has the organization’s support (previously the rules stated they would appear in the same column as the Mercer County Democratic party endorsed candidates, and that the Democratic County Chair made the final decision on ballot placement). The endorsement results will be communicated to the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee.
The election results:
President – Jon Durbin
1st Vice President – Owen O’Donnell
2nd Vice President – Margaret Griffin
Treasurer – David Cohen
Asst. Treasurer – Ginger Lennon
Recording Secretary – Peter Lindenfeld
Corresponding Secretary – Kathleen Cassidy
At-large: Jose Alcantara, Kip Cherry, Mary Clurman, Liz Cohen, Amner Deleon, Donald Dowd, Jim Floyd, Richard Meyer, Anne Neumann, Fay Reiter, Linda Schwimmer, Sheldon Sturges.