Elections workers in Mercer County will still be counting ballots for the general election for about another week. It was estimated that about 70 percent of the ballots would be counted by the end of Tuesday night as a record number of voters cast ballots.
Unofficial preliminary results as of Wednesday morning:
In Princeton, Democrat Mark Freda ran unopposed for mayor and will serve a four-year term. He has received 9,315 votes so far. Democratic incumbents David Cohen and Leticia Fraga ran unopposed for Princeton Council. Cohen received 9,028 votes and Fraga received 9,054 votes so far. There were 138 votes for write-in candidates in the council race.
Eight candidates ran for three seats on the school board for the Princeton Public Schools. School Board Vice President Michele Tuck-Ponder is the top vote-getter so far with 5,032 votes. School Board President Beth Behrend has 4,869 votes, and former PCDO head Jean Durbin has 4,011 votes. Adam Bierman has 2,792 votes. Paul Johnson has 2,674 votes. Karen Lemon has 2,465 votes, and Bill Hare has 2,208 votes. Hendricks Davis has 1,350 votes.
In Hopewell Borough, Democrat Ryan Kennedy defeated Republican Charles Schuyler Morehouse in the council race. The vote was 661 to 251 as of early Wednesday morning. In Hopewell Township, Democrats Kevin Kuchinski and Michael Ruger ran unopposed. In the race for Hopewell Township fire commissioner, two regular seats are open. So far Cosmo Tomaro leads with 3,243 votes and Erick Burd has 2,946 votes. Joseph Novak has 2,528 votes and Timothy Lynch has 2,347 votes. One two-year fire commissioner term is open, and a one-year term is open. Ambrish Agarwal ran unopposed for the two-year term and Bryan Malkiewicz ran unopposed for the one-year term. In Pennington, Democrats Catherine Chandler and Kennen Gross ran unopposed for two seats on the council.
Five candidates were seeking the three seats available on the Hopewell Valley Regional School Board. As of early Wednesday morning, Andrea Driver received 4,430 votes, Anita Williams Galiano received 4,056 votes, and Adam Sawicki received 4,043 votes. Jacqueline Genovesi had 3,588 votes and Ross Gordon had 3,097 votes.
In Lawrence Township, nine residents ran for three open seats on the school board. Michele Bowes is the top vote-getter so far with 4,004 votes. Gregory Johnson received 3,908 votes as of early Wednesday morning, and Cathy LeCompte received 3, 518 votes. Tabitha Bellamy McKinley received 3,505 votes. Dana Drake received 3,442 votes. Patricia Farmer received 3,352 votes. Heather Camp received 2,923 votes. Jasmine Surti received 2,231 votes, and Olufunmiola Ladigbolu received 2,008 votes.
At the county level, Democratic Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler has won re-election, winning more than 70 percent of the vote. So far he has received 95,448 votes. Challenger Bucky Boccanfuso received 37,561 votes so far. Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and Mercer County Freeholders Lucy Walter and John Cimino ran unopposed. All three are Democrats.