By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
EDITORâ€™S NOTE: This story was produced as part of the 2020Â Election Reporting FellowshipÂ with NJ ethnic and community media organized by theÂ Center for Cooperative MediaÂ at Montclair State University.
BRIDGETON â€“ While Cumberland County continue to count votes from last Tuesday’s general election, some African-American and Latin American candidates have emerged in the driver’s seat to either gain or retrain seats.
Cumberland County clerk officials stressed Monday that votes are still being counted and the results are not final.
In the competitive Cumberland County Freeholders race, it appears Donna Pearson is in position to win a new term on the board. Pearson, the first African American to serve as freeholder director when she served on the board in 2003, is one of the top three vote-getters â€“ all Democrats â€“ in the six-person race.
Pearson has 17.57 percent of the vote for the third and final spot on the board, assuring that there will be at least one person of color on the board. Incumbent Carol Musso currently lead all candidates with 17.78 percent of the vote followed by incumbent George Castellini with 17.73 percent.
Vineland City Council incumbents Elizabeth Arthur and Albert Vargas, appear to have won re-election by capturing two of the five seats up for grabs. Arthur grabbed the most votes with 19.24 percent followed by Vargas with 18.82 percent.
For the Vineland Board of Education, it appeared Cedric Holmes won a second term with 20.52 percent of the vote. Holmes made history in 2017 as the youngest person ever elected to the board, but now is a veteran at 23.
Other races where candidates of color advanced:
*For Bridgeton Board of Education, it appears Erica Williams-Mosley (27.46 percent), Rev. Albert Morgan (27.12 percent) and Kenny Smith-Bey (25.22 percent) all handily won re-election.
*In Downe Township Board of Education, Dyron Corley won one of three spots with a vote leading 33.6 percent.
*In Fairfield Township, Tommy Clark Jr. ran unopposed for Committeeman.
*Fairfield Regional Board of Education, Janice Carter one her election while Ruth Butler and Erica Goodwin won spots on the Fairfield Local Board of Education.
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