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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede officially files for special election

Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede has started her campaign (officially) to serve out the rest of former Mayor John Bencivengo's term.

Forms, filed with the New Jersey Election Enforcement Commission, state that the current mayor has formed her candidate committee. It's called "Friends of Kelly Yaede for Mayor" and technically for the June primary.

But, she's the only Republican who has declared interest in the race and would likely have a financial advantage over any early opponents. She has about $20,000 left over in her council campaign account that she will be able to roll over to her run for mayor.

That will likely not go the whole way though, as former Mayor John Bencivengo raised more than $120,000 for his reelection campaign in 2011.

In the general election, she'd also face competition from prominent Democrat Barbara Plumeri, should she win the nomination. Plumeri is the first Democrat to publicly declare her intent to run.

The whole thing comes together in November to decide who will serve out the rest of Bencivengo's term -- through 2015.


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