HAMILTON, NJ. -- Following a contentious primary battle for the right to run under the Republican party banner in November, Mayor Kelly Yaede defeated challenger David Henderson Tuesday. According to unofficial vote tallies by the Mercer County Clerk's office, Yaede garnered 2,604 votes to Henderson's 1,397 -- an estimated margin of 65% to 35%. .  

Yaede's victory sets up a General Election contest between the incumbent mayor and the current Council President Jeff Martin, who was unopposed in the primary election garnering 2,220 votes.  

"I congratulate Mayor Yaede on her win and look forward to a campaign on the issues this fall," said Martin.  "As I have been doing since my announcement, I will continue to talk to Hamilton residents about my vision for Hamilton which includes stabilizing Hamilton's taxes by lowering our debt; improving public safety by consolidating Hamilton's fire districts; helping seniors who are on a fixed income; and focusing on economic redevelopment."

Calls and emails to Mayor Yaede's office and Mr. Henderson were not returned.