Hank's Take: Chesterfield vote do-over

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Look what you bought yourselves -- Chesterfield.   You voted November 8th  and you split down the middle on two township committee candidates.  It's a tie -- dead even.  When's the do-over? 
 
"Somebody w
ould come down here and say "Look, special election's gonna happen," says Burlington County Clerk Tim Tyler.   "They would decide what date that is, tell the superintendent how many machines they need, tell us to make machine faces for that and have an election."

The deadlocked candidates are incumbent Republican Ron Kolczynski -- and Democrat challenger Rita Romeu -- they're tied at around 13 hundred votes.

Chesterfield is farm country and beautiful in the late afternoon.  But when the town center is really just the Chesterfield General Store. Who do you talk politics with?  Ray Hlubic, that's who.   He says a tie?  That's just local politics.   "It's not that unusual.  I mean a lot of times you're talking 49 to 51 percent, so it's not that many votes."

It's easy to know the candidates in a town of about 7,700, says Ray, a farmer who was born and raised in Chesterfield.  He's a Republican, but he says he votes for people he knows and trusts regardless of affiliation.  He says his neighbors do too.   "It's a nice friendly town," he says,  "and politics doesn't seem to get real dirty around here like it can be on the larger level."  

Ray's right about close votes.  A Salem County freeholder-elect won this year by one vote, and there's another tie in New Jersey, in Middlesex County, for the office of Monroe Township Council.

 
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