ROXBURY, NJ – A sleeper of a June primary election is in store for Roxbury's Republican voters as nobody stepped up Monday to challenge any of the three GOP incumbents seeking nomination on the local level.
Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley, Roxbury Councilman Jim Rilee and Roxbury Councilman Robert DeFillippo, all Republicans, will run unopposed on June 6. The three men seek nomination as candidates for re-election, in November, to their 4-year-long, at-large seats on the Roxbury Mayor and Council.
Prospective candidates had until 5 p.m. Monday to submit petitions to be on the primary ballot.
Similarly, there won’t be a primary battle on the other side of the political divide. Three Democrats filed petitions seeking their party’s nomination: Sean Cope of Succasuna, Aaron Markworth of Ledgewood and Lawrence Jones of Ledgewood.
Nevertheless, the presence of three Democrats could make things interesting as the November general election approaches, when they will face off against the incumbents. Markworth has some name recognition, having sought election in 2015. He ran with fellow Democrats Dan Kline and Heather Champagne.
Kline was the only Democratic victor. He won a seat on the council, ousting veteran GOP Councilman Martin Schmidt, and he remains the only Democrat on the governing body.