CAMDEN, NJ— On Monday, 11 candidates filed petitions to run in the June 4 Democratic primary election for Camden City Council.
The 11 Democratic candidates will be vying for the party’s nomination to run in this November’s general election for the four city council seats that represent Camden’s neighborhood wards, all up for election this fall. No Republican candidates filed petitions to run.
The Camden City Council is made up of four ward seats, and three at-large council seats.
Camden’s Ward 1 encompasses the South Camden, Fairview, Lanning Square, Cooper Plaza and Downtown neighborhoods; Ward 2 includes Whitman Park, Parkside and Centerville; Ward 3 represents a large chunk of East Camden; and Ward 4 includes the Cooper Grant, North Camden and Cramer Hill neighborhoods.
Current council members Dana Burley [Ward 1] and Brian Coleman [Ward 2], both will not seek reelection. Burley and Coleman have served multiple terms on the dais, Burley currently in her third consecutive term and Coleman serving his second term as councilman.
Ward 1 will see the most competition come June, with four candidates vying for the seat. Vance Bowman, Shaneka Boucher, Gloria Marshall and Tina Israel all filed petitions on Monday.
In Ward 2, two candidates filed to run — Camden High School basketball coach Victor Carstarphen and Theo Spencer.
Incumbent Councilwoman Marilyn Torres [Ward 3] will seek reelection. Torres became the first Hispanic woman to serve on Camden City Council in 2010 when she was elected as councilwoman-at-large. Two other candidates also filed to run for the Ward 3 council seat, Vida Rosiji and Matthew Goodwin.
In Ward 4, incumbent Councilwoman Felisha Reyes Morton will seek election to her first term as city councilwoman after being appointed to the Ward 4 seat in February to replace Luis A. Lopez, who resigned in January. One other candidate filed to run for Ward 4 — Tirson Lamberty.
The three council members at-large, council President Curtis Jenkins, Councilwoman Sheila Davis and Councilman Angel Fuentes, will all be up for election in 2021.