By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
CAMDEN — Victor Carstarphen was sworn in for a four-year term as the new mayor of Camden, completing a progress that elevated the hometown former collegiate basketball star and coach to lead the city he grew up in.
Carstarphen had been serving as mayor since May when Frank Moran resigned just months before his term ended. Fellow city council members elected Carstaphen, who had served was Ward 2 councilman since 2020 at that time, to fill the seat in the interim.
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He then won the Democratic primary in a crowded field in June with more than 50% of the vote and did not face any real challenge in the November general election.
Carstarphen, a Camden High School graduate, played college basketball under the legendary late John Chaney at Temple University and returned to coach the Camden’s boys basketball team. He worked as a senior consultant at Holmes & Company LLC in Cherry Hill, an accounting and finance firm from 2014 to 2021.
U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross swore in Carstarphen as Camden’s 50th mayor on Sunday. Also sworn in council members Angel Fuentes, Shelia Davis and Nohemi Soria-Pérez. While Fuentes and Davis were incumbents in November’s election, Soria-Perez in new to council.
Soria-Perez made history as the first Mexican-American to serve on Camden’s city council. She is the chief of staff for New Jersey’s 5th Legislative District.
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