A letter to readers regarding attacks against Planet Princeton and the local press
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A letter to readers regarding attacks against Planet Princeton and the local press

A central pillar of President Trump’s politics has been a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “The enemy of the people.” The relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences on journalism at all levels, including local news.  Local journalists such as those at Planet Princeton…

Voting fraud charges filed against Paterson councilman, candidate and two other men allegedly involved in mail-in ballot scheme
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Voting fraud charges filed against Paterson councilman, candidate and two other men allegedly involved in mail-in ballot scheme

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Thursday that four men have been charged with fraud related to the recent municipal election in Paterson, which was conducted via mail-in ballots only. Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and two other men have been charged with criminal conduct in connection with the May 12…

A day after he enters District 12 race, Chris Hedges drops out

A day after he enters District 12 race, Chris Hedges drops out

Chirs Hedges, the Green Party candidate who announced on Wednesday that he would challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the 12th District race this year, said on Twitter Thursday that he was dropping out already. Hedges, a Princeton resident, said he was informed Thursday that according to FCC rules, he can’t run for…

Princeton writer and activist Chris Hedges to challenge U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman in District 12 race

Princeton writer and activist Chris Hedges to challenge U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman in District 12 race

Journalist, author, pastor, and activist Chris Hedges will run for U.S. Congress and has received the endorsement of the Green Party. Hedges, who lives in Princeton with his family and is an associate pastor at the Second Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, is challenging U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a Democrat who lives in Ewing. “We…

NJ primaries in July to be mostly vote-by-mail elections, raising concerns among some voters
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NJ primaries in July to be mostly vote-by-mail elections, raising concerns among some voters

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that the state’s primary races that were moved from June to July 7 because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be mostly vote-by-mail elections, with a limited number of in-person polling places open. The decision drew questions from reporters and criticism from some voters who worry about fraud….

Princeton Gerrymandering Project to host virtual town hall tonight on organizing during a pandemic
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Princeton Gerrymandering Project to host virtual town hall tonight on organizing during a pandemic

By contributor Marc Monseau The Princeton Gerrymandering Project will host a virtual town hall Friday evening with activist and organizer Katie Fahey focused on the challenges of organizing during a pandemic. The town hall, the second in the Project’s “Fixing Bugs in Democracy” series of virtual events, aims to raise awareness of issues surrounding redistricting…

Princeton University Professor Sam Wang, founder of the Gerrymandering Project, will host virtual town halls amid COVID-19 restrictions
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Princeton University Professor Sam Wang, founder of the Gerrymandering Project, will host virtual town halls amid COVID-19 restrictions

By contributor Marc Monseau Recognizing that an estimated four out of five Americans are under shelter-in-place orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project is launching a series of virtual town halls to encourage civic engagement despite social distancing. The series, “Fixing Bugs in Democracy,” aims to spur public discussion about some…

Freda to run unopposed in primary election for Princeton mayor, three candidates will seek two council seats
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Freda to run unopposed in primary election for Princeton mayor, three candidates will seek two council seats

Former Princeton Borough Councilman Mark Freda will run unopposed in the Democratic primary for mayor of Princeton. There are no Republican candidates for the June primary, meaning unless someone runs as an independent candidate in the general election, Freda will run unopposed in November. Three candidates are vying for two three-year terms on the Princeton…

NJ governor allows candidate petitions to be filed online, delays some special elections

NJ governor allows candidate petitions to be filed online, delays some special elections

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order this week that changes dates and procedures for some upcoming elections to ensure that voters can exercise their right to vote without risking their health and safety. Special elections for some local fire districts and school boards scheduled for March 21, March 31, and April 21…

Princeton Campaign Capsule for the week of Feb. 19

Princeton Campaign Capsule for the week of Feb. 19

Mark Freda will officially kick off his campaign for Princeton mayor tonight from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Princeton Italian-American Sportsmen’s Club at 8 Founders Lane in Princeton. The event is open to the public. “I look forward to this opportunity to meet members of the Princeton community and build upon the support…

Cohen announces he will seek re-election to the Princeton Council

Cohen announces he will seek re-election to the Princeton Council

Princeton Councilman David Cohen has formally announced that he will seek a second term on the Princeton Council. He is completing the third year of a three-year term on the all-Democrat Council this year. Each year, two seats for regular terms are voted on for the six-member council. So far, two other candidates have announced…

Fraga announces she will seek another term on the Princeton Council
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Fraga announces she will seek another term on the Princeton Council

Leticia Fraga, who is serving the third year of her term on the Princeton Council, has announced that she will seek a second term as a candidate in the Democratic primary this June. The first Latinx person to serve on the council, as a council member, Fraga is the police commissioner and the liaison to…

Nancy Pelosi visits Plainsboro to stump for Bonnie Watson Coleman
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Nancy Pelosi visits Plainsboro to stump for Bonnie Watson Coleman

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in New Jersey on Saturday to help U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman raise money for her campaign. The fundraiser was held at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Village in Plainsboro. About 275 people attended the event. Individual tickets cost $250 to $1,500. Tables were $2,500 or $5,000. (Photos submitted by…

Dina Shaw will run for Princeton Council in Democratic primary
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Dina Shaw will run for Princeton Council in Democratic primary

Entrepreneur Dina Shaw will run for a seat on the six-member Princeton Council in the Democratic primary this June. Voters will elect two council members for three-year terms in the November general election. The primary election will be held on June 2. Shaw, 56, has been a Princeton resident for the past 17 years. She…

Want to run for local or state office in NJ? Don’t miss these deadlines
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Want to run for local or state office in NJ? Don’t miss these deadlines

In order to be on the election ballot, a candidate must file a petition. If you want to run for a municipal, county, state or national office in New Jersey, the deadline to file your petition if you are a Democrat or Republican is March 30 this year. If you are an unaffiliated candidate, you…

Princeton resident Andrew Koontz is named president of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Princeton resident Andrew Koontz is named president of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Princeton resident Andrew Koontz was sworn in for a fourth term as a Mercer County Freeholder on Jan. 3 and was named president of the all-Democrat board at the annual reorganization meeting in Trenton. The seven-member board creates policies, approves county contracts, and reviews and approves the annual county budget. Each freeholder is elected for…

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert won’t seek reelection
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Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert won’t seek reelection

Liz Lempert, who has served as the mayor of Princeton since Princeton Township and Princeton Borough were consolidated into one municipality, has announced that she will not seek another term in office. Lempert started her eighth year as mayor this month. She announced her decision to not seek reelection at the municipality’s annual reorganization meeting,…

Lifelong Princeton resident Mark Freda will run for mayor in 2020
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Lifelong Princeton resident Mark Freda will run for mayor in 2020

Mark Freda, a Princeton native who has served as a member of the local fire department and first aid squad for more than four decades, will run for mayor as a Democratic candidate in 2020. The form of government in Princeton is the borough form, and the mayor and six-member council are elected directly. The…