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Brauckmann, McCarthy Take Both Seats in Uncontested Race

Brauckmann is the current mayor while McCarthy is a political newcomer.

In the uncontested township committee race, current Mayor Don Brauckmann retained his seat and newcomer John McCarthy will be a new face on the dais.

Current Committeeman John Rooney did not seek another term.

According to unofficial election results, Brauckmann nabbed 4,951 votes while McCarthy received 4,947.

The winners did not return calls for comment by presstime. 

Cinnaminson Township is a committee-based government, which means residents vote for five committee members and those members appoint a mayor each year.

McCarthy and Brauckmann ran unopposed in the election—an odd happening for a presidential year. Last year, Committeemen Ben Young and Anthony Minniti ran against three Independent candidates.

No Democrats ran last year either. In years before that, write-in campaigns during the primary yielded to names on the November ballot.

The day after the June primary this year, Democratic Chair Jim Bernard and Vice Chair Bill O’Connor stepped down. O’Connor told Cinnaminson Patch earlier this year the Democrats are “wholly underfunded” and just don’t want to “do the battles.”

Republican campaign manager Jim Bristow said his guys still ran a campaign even though they were uncontested. He encouraged Brauckmann and McCarthy to walk the town and knock on doors.

"The electorate has a right to know who is running," Bristow said. "We asked them to walk, gave them literature, knock on doors, leave a hanger that indicated who they were—more importantly, for [McCarthy]."

The campaign put about 500 Brauckmann/McCarthy signs up—but didn't spend campaign funding on larger signs or literature like they would have in a contested election. 

"It’s not just two candidates who have won automatically—you still have to take care of the voters."

Reorganization is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 7.

Bull Pitt November 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Really Ric? You talk like you know everything, and then you make a stupid comment about votes. There are 5 of them, and they are part of a larger group. All decisions are made in advance about how everyone is going to vote to make it look good to the public. If they want something unpopular passed, they vote 3-2 and cast their votes at the public meeting for the puppet show. Read Brauckman's comment he made in his bio. He "Recruited" the PSD and the CFO! Yes, recruited!! And you don't think he wants to give the guy a free car? Come on man!
Joseph Gross November 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Why spend money, time and effort putting up lawn signs when there is no opposition?
Dan November 08, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Best wishes to both of you..............let's hope goodness overtakes the misguided folks who consistently toss rocks just because they feel it is necessary...............what say you Heywood?
peg November 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Dan, you wrote this back in August "Interesting vehicle driven by our director of public works.......it was nice seeing it drive on the grass at Wood Park Thursday night ...... Guess the driver needed a closer view of the concert........... No wonder people get upset in our town! I wonder who really runs this town??????" How does that jive with your comment above
Dan November 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Peg. Since August I have turned a new leaf and have become a warm and fuzzy person. It was fine, now that I reflect, that the vehicle was on the grass. This past weekend I too parked my car in the grass so that I could get closer to the basketball court. Thank you for setting me straight as I move on with my new meds.......look at the grouse.......

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