The Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee met Tuesday night to interview council candidates and make recommendations on ballot placement for the primary election in June.
Four candidates are seeking two three-year terms on the Princeton Council: Incumbent Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller, Tim Quinn, Letitia Fraga, and Anne Neumann.
Peter Wolanin, chairman of the municipal committee, said a subcommittee did some background research on the candidates and formally received the results of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s recent endorsement vote.
A vote was held by secret ballot Tuesday night and each committee member could vote for up to two candidates. Thirty-three committee members voted.
Crumiller came in first place with 23 votes, Quinn came in second place with 17 votes, Fraga came in third place with 16 votes, and Neumann came in fourth place with nine votes.
The municipal chair will recommend to the county Democratic chair that the top two vote-getters, Crumiller and Quinn, be awarded the slogan “Regular Democratic Organization” (or another slogan designated by the Mercer County Democratic Chair) on the ballot, and that all candidates be placed in the column in order by vote total.
“Over the past 3-plus years, the municipal committee has debated and moved towards a more open column to allow all the well-qualified Democratic candidates to compete for support from the voters in the actual primary election on a more level playing field,” Wolanin said in an email. “In the past in both the Borough and Township candidates were regularly excluded from the column, and this is still the practice in almost all other towns in New Jersey.”
Wolanin said the municipal committee vote is not an endorsement. “We leave that to the Princeton Community Democratic Organization,” he said, adding that the slogan shows which candidates have the support of the county Democratic organization
Crumiller and Quinn were also the top two vote getters at the Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s endorsement meeting on Sunday.