LAMBERTVILLE, NJ - Candidates Steve Stegman and Benedetta Lambert were victorious in the 2020 Lambertville Democratic Primary for City Council.
The unofficial results from the Hunterdon County Clerk showed that Steve Stegman won 609 votes, or 27.24 percent of the total, while Benedetta Lambert won 593 votes, or 26.52 percent. A total of 2,236 votes were cast for the five candidates, where residents were allowed to select two people.
The joint Stegman and Lambert campaign wrote on Facebook:
"Lambertville, We are humbled and speechless. Thank you to every voter who gave us their trust and support. We will continue to fight to protect our environment, stand against overdevelopment, and work to bring a heightened sense of fiscal responsibility to Lambertville. Tomorrow, the work starts to unite our small town and tackle the issues. Yours in service, Steve and Ben"
Incumbents Beth Asaro and Madeline Urbish, who totaled 500 and 484 votes respectively, also took to their joint campaign Facebook page and wrote,
"While the vote count is still unofficial, it appears Beth and Maddy did not win re-election. We are obviously disappointed, but we have been so encouraged by the time, energy and love that so many in town have given to us and our campaign. We feel good about the campaign that we ran - one based on facts and a true representation of the work we have and will continue to do on behalf of Lambertville.
"Our work is not finished. Beth and Maddy have six months of work ahead of them to continue getting Lambertville on the right path, and we will work collaboratively with anyone and everyone serving this great city.
"Again, thank you for your support. Lambertville is the amazing community it is because of you!"
Architect David Ringer earned 45 votes.
The margin is likely comfortable enough to withstand any challenges that might result with any vote-by-mail issues, but the results as of now are still unofficial.
Lambertville United, a grassroots organization that sprung up in opposition to Mayor Julia Fahl’s municipal consolidation plans, and publicly supported the Stegman and Lambert campaign, posted, “Congratulations to Steve and Ben. Our work has just begun.”
Candidates and Political Action Committees still have to file post-election contribution and expenditures reports, but according to NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission filings, by July 1, the Stegman and Lambert campaign raised $16,090 for the primary, while the Asaro/Urbish campaign’s numbers are not yet public likely because their spending was spread out with the Lambertville Democratic Club and did not have to publicly disclose if under the $9,700 threshold.
Stegman and Lambert will now be the two candidates on the Nov. 3 general election ballot for the two Lambertville City Council seats. The term of the council seats is three years.