SPOTSWOOD, NJ - On Monday, Borough Council President Larry Kraemer announced during the virtual September 21 meeting that he was stepping down from his duties as borough council president in order to devote more time to his mayoral campaign. Kraemer was appointed as Spotswood Borough Council President on January 6 by a unanimous vote at the annual reorganization meeting, replacing former president, Councilman Charles Spicuzzo. The position of borough council president is an annual appointment. The Spotswood Borough Council decided at the Monday meeting to vote on a new president at the next council meeting which is scheduled for Monday, October 5.
Kraemer was elected to the Spotswood Borough Council in 2018 and is running in the upcoming November 3 mayoral election. His opponent is longtime Spotswood resident Jacqueline Palmer. Palmer ran in the 2016 election and finished second behind Spotswood Mayor Ed Seely. Seely is not seeking re-election to the office of mayor on Election Day. During last night's virtual borough council meeting, Palmer was in attendance and suggested she and Kraemer schedule a future debate. Kraemer responded that he would be interested.
In the 2016 election, Palmer participated in the borough's first-ever open public candidate debate. Palmer debated former Spotswood Mayor Nicholas Poliseno and Seely at Spotswood High School shortly before Election Day. Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek served as the moderator. The event was filmed by the Spotswood High School TV production team and was live-streamed on Facebook for residents unable to attend in person.
In addition to mayor, two open borough council seats are on the local ballot for Spotswood residents. Incumbent Jose Rivera, Diane Charlesworth, Edward Lesko and Marylin Israel are all vying for the open seats.