GOP upset in Camden County

Perhaps the biggest upset of Tuesday’s non-partisan municipal elections was in Gloucester Township, where Republican Cindy Rau-Hatton was elected Mayor in a close contest against a candidate backed by the Camden County Democratic machine. The incumbent, Sandra Love, did not seek re-election. Two Council candidates allied with Rau-Hatton won, including Dan Hutchison, a Republican who ran for Congress against Rob Andrews in 2004. With a population of 64,350, Gloucteser Township is the largest town in the fourth legislative district, which was dominated by Republicans from 1991 until 2003. Rau-Hutton and Hucthison immediately become potential future candidates for the Legislature. The only municipality in the state with a Republican Mayor that is larger than Gloucester Township is Clifton (population 78,682), where James Anzaldi was re-elected yesterday.

GOP upset in Camden County