The Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee voted tonight to recommend to the Mercer County Democratic Party leadership that Bernie Miller and Sue Nemeth are given the party slogan on the ballot in the Princeton Council primary race.
The committee voted to recommend to the county chair that all three Democratic candidates – including incumbent Jo Butler – be in the same column, but with Miller and Nemeth getting the official party slogan, an endorsement of sorts. The Mercer County Chair is Liz Muio. She makes the final decision on ballot placement and the party slogan.
Princeton is divided into 22 voting districts. Each district elects two municipal committee representatives – one man and one woman. Each representative was allowed two votes at the municipal committee meeting tonight. A few districts have vacancies and some representatives did not attend the meeting. Miller received 22 votes, Nemeth received 19 votes, and Butler received 17 votes.
Miller and Nemeth served on the township committee together and are being backed by Mayor Liz Lempert and Council members Heather Howard and Lance Liverman. Lempert has sided with Miller, Liverman and Howard to break the tie in every council vote where there has been a tie on the council.
More than 370 people turned out for the Princeton Community Democratic Organization meeting Sunday night to vote on whether to endorse candidates. All three candidates fell short of the threshold for endorsement, which requires that a candidate receive 60 percent of the votes. Miller received 216 votes, Nemeth received 197 votes, and Butler received 165 votes.