Council primary survivors advance

Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — At least two new members of the city council will be seated later this year, and a crowded field of 10 contenders were narrowed down to six in Tuesday’s primary election.

Lone incumbent Timber R. Baun-Crooks — whose term expires in November as will Terrence Teifer’s and Tim Taylor’s, both of whom opted against seeking re-election — was the top voter-getter among primary candidates with 1,333. (Results remain unofficial until certified by the state; an estimated 16 percent, 2,324, of the city’s nearly 15,000 registered voters participated Tuesday.)

Baun-Crooks has served on council for more than two decades, and will vie for another four-year term during the November general election.

Also on the ballot will be: W. Dan Gillespie (938 votes), a former council member who has also served on the city’s planning commission; Steven Rzeppa (906), a 20-year-old public policy student; Tom Kinney (525), a current trustee on the Trenton Public Schools Board of Education; Pamela O’Bryan (522), a newcomer to politics and employee of Oakwood Southshore Medical Center; and Bob Baker (497), a member of the Trenton Civic Commission.

Also on the ballot were Terry Kuharsky, Bob Keller, Nelson Perugi and Eric Vargo.

Voters will be asked during the November general election to elect three of the six candidates to four-year terms on the city council.

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