CNBNEWS.NET: Today could be one of the most important elections Bellmawr has seen in years... And considering the spring Council elections can be mostly insignificant, I assume most residents aren’t paying attention.
To be clear, this article is not about who to vote for, but just to be aware that this is an important election and you should get out to the polls today, especially if you are registered as a Democrat or Unafilliated*). Polls close at 8pm.
The purpose of the June Council primary is for each party to decide “who runs under our party each year for the fall election”. You could say that typically the Council primaries in Bellmawr are non-events. Of the 6 council seats, two are up for election each year… so each seat is for a 3 year term. The Democrat party is the majority in Bellmawr, and as you would expect the Democrats control the mayor and council spots. So each year the two incumbent Council members are put into the Democrat primary with little opposition (or none), and get elected to run as Democrats in the fall election. Even if voter turnout is low, the incumbents still take the primary votes to be the Dem candidates (as they are basically unopposed). Because the town is mostly Democrat, the pattern has been the 2 council people up for election are easily voted back in to office in November.