Niedergang announces she will seek reelection to Princeton Council (updated)

Eve Niedergang

Princeton Councilwoman Eve Niedergang has announced that she will run for reelection in the June 8 Democratic primary.

Two three-year terms on the six-member council will be on the ballot this year.

Councilman Dwaine Williamson has not announced whether he will seek re-election. In an email Thursday night he said he would be making an announcement soon. Sources inside the local Democratic party said Williamson will not be running and will make an announcement backing a successor.

Residents who wish to run for the council have until 64 days before the June primary election to file petitions to run for office. Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello said it is still unclear whether candidate petitions to run in the June 8 primary will be accepted electronically, and whether the primary will be a vote-by-mail election again due to the pandemic.

Niedergang is serving her third year on the council. She has served as a liaison to the board of health, the environmental commission, the local emergency planning committee, the personnel committee, the public works committee, the Senior Resource Center, the shade tree commission, and the sewer operating committee. She will be the chair of the personnel committee, leading the search for a new municipal administrator.

In a written statement about her campaign, she praised the town’s new affordable housing plan. “It focuses on building homes, not just houses, and on welcoming a diverse group of new neighbors into our community,” she said. “It promotes smart growth, contains a mix of both one-hundred-percent affordable and inclusionary developments, and includes homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.”

Niedergang said in her statement that she’s grateful for the trust and confidence people placed in her when she ran for election in 2018. “I am here to listen to you and to work collaboratively with residents, colleagues, and staff to achieve the best outcomes for this community which I love and of which I am so proud to be a part,” she said.