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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.

FbS November 07, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Way to go guys!! Two guys who truly want the best for their town.. Congrats
Hurray! November 07, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Way to go THE FREEHOLDERS BRUCE & Mary Ann are GONE!!!!!
Ric November 07, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Democrats grab two Freeholder seats. Hooray! And that is despite the freeholders last week sending out campaign literature (The County Report) on the taxpayer’s dime – and early announcing of the 2013 paving schedule and the early ceremony of giving out plastic medals to veterans. Now we need the fiscally conservative democrats to replace Cinnaminson's tax and spend republicans.
Bull Pitt November 07, 2012 at 01:32 PM
If a team shows up to play, and the other team does not, it's called a "forfeit". It goes in the books as a victory, but everyone knows how it was won. Glad to hear Mr. Bristow is still running Cinnaminson. And to Mr. Bernard and Mr. O'Connor, underfunded?? Who cares! The two independents last year were more than "underfunded" and still put up a good race and raised awareness! Thanks for giving Cinnaminson a choice! Welcome Mr. McCarthy, good luck to you. Stay true to yourself.
Smart Alec November 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Congrats to our Mayor, saw your own vote on Facebook! Can you take pictures in the booth? Hmmmm????
Donkey Kong November 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Word is quickly spreading that our newly re-elected Mayor took a picture of his vote inside the booth, and then posted it on Facebook. Since he is a lifelong politician, and also a Police Officer, you would think he would know better. New Jersey law: 19:15-26. States that "Ballots marked secretly in booth" any violation is a Disorderly Persons offense. He just doesn't get it. Decide for yourself -      "19:15-26. Every voter to whom a ballot is given shall thereupon retire into the polling booth. Not more than one voter, except as hereinafter provided, shall be permitted to enter or be in the same booth, at one time. The voter shall prepare his ballot in the booth secretly and screened from the observation of others. Any person or voter who shall violate the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a disorderly persons offense."    http://law.onecle.com/new-jersey/19-elections/15-26.html.  
John November 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Wow, sledding, how about learning to speak english and never mind going down a hill we have to pay enough taxes on our over assessed houses now....have a good day
RCrowler November 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
No front plate on his car and now this act of stupidity must be nice to be above the law.
John November 07, 2012 at 08:09 PM
@Ric, well U know how politicians go, anything for a vote...I am a veteran and do not know anything about this plastic medal supposed to go out to vets...Good luck with that idea, the more taxes they get the more they spend....Lets hope they do not spend it on a sledding hill....have a good day
Leeroy Jenkins November 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Oh the humanity….and I thought this guy was a boy scout. Burn him at the stake!!!Impeach him!!!Recall the election!!! I’m Lee...roy Jen k.i.n.s……..Hahahahahaha
Bill O'Connor November 08, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Bull Pitt, political bosses shouldn't be running anything at local, county or state levels. Personally, I like Jim Bristow. The problem is machine politics at all levels. The Burlington County Republicans are no different than the Camden County Democrats in their means and methodology in keeping their respective offices. It is crash and burn your opponents. Mr. Gertie, Mr. Fowles, and Mr. Lunn were smoked last year with negative ads and a smear campaign like every other year. Mr. Bernard and Ms. Lamb 5 years ago were investigated on trumped up charges by the Prosecutors Office through the good old boy network in Burlington County. Two days after the election the investigation ended. Go figure. Unless you have finances and an organization to get out your message, it is very difficult to break the one party monopoly anywhere. This isn't good for the electorate at any level. Thankfully, at the County level this year democratic candidates Belgard and Schwartz were able to break the stranglehold on the Burlington County Freeholder Board. Hopefully, they will bring to light what business is being conducted with back room deals. Maybe, one day we can have that same luxury on the Cinnaminson Township Committee.
Bill O'Connor November 08, 2012 at 12:47 AM
P.S. Don and John best of luck in your new terms.
Susan W November 08, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Congrats to the both of you. I was disappointed there wasn't any competition, but that would have only triggered the hate mailers in full force. You both are very fortunate none went out, this is such a hurtful and childish act to conflict upon one's family. Hopefully there will be a choice in the next election and I won't find my mailbox cluttered with such garbage because this is the side of politics that is such a turn off. Now that all the commercials, campaign signs and hatred mailers are gone we can all get back to some sense of normalcy.
Ric November 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Susan, great point. Just to keep the hate mailers out of the election, China follows your advice and prohibits all opposition to its candidates for office. You ought to move over there.
Ric November 08, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I will say this for Mayor Brauckmann. His was the only no vote to King's car.
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?
Chip 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
Chip 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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