Four seats to be contested in Cherry Hill council race this fall

Posted: April 06, 2013

Four seats will be contested in this fall's Cherry Hill township council race, with three incumbents vying to keep their spots on the all-Democratic panel.

Council President David Fleisher is running for reelection to the seven-member council along with first-term members Jim Bannar and Susan Shin Angulo. Joining the Democratic ticket is Carole Roskoph, an English teacher at Cherry Hill West and chairwoman of the planning board.

Republicans are running two former candidates - Nancy O'Dowd and Dan Loveland Sr., both unsuccessful in 2009 - and new contenders John Galie, a former school board president, and Stephen Cohen, a dentist.

Not seeking reelection is first-term Councilwoman Jacquelene Silver. A middle-school special-education teacher in Pennsauken, Silver said she decided it would be too difficult to juggle work and two young children with the task of running a campaign - "a Herculean effort in the best scenario," she said Thursday.

"I truly love being on council," said Silver, who has been a liaison to the township's Environmental Advisory Committee and the nonprofit Sustainable Cherry Hill. "I just can't commit the time that's necessary for the campaign."

In February, Silver was the only councillor to vote "no" on a measure allowing alcohol sales in non-stand-alone stores. Liquor store owners accused township officials of changing the rules to benefit ShopRite, which was the only bidder for a liquor license auctioned last month by the township. In an interview, she declined to elaborate.

She said she will remain on the county Democratic committee.

Running for council in her stead will be Roskoph, who has taught at West for 13 years and is also the school's student activities coordinator.

"I want to make sure this is a town that when our children go out into the world, this is a place they want to go home to," said Roskoph, who graduated from West in 1980.

On the Republican side, the candidates who have run before are O'Dowd, a nurse-practitioner, and Loveland, an engineer. Like Galie, O'Dowd has served on the school board.

The other Republican running is a newcomer to contests for elected office in Cherry Hill: Cohen, a dentist who runs South Jersey Prosthodontic Associates.

Cohen said he decided to run because he's concerned by an ongoing lack of Republican representation. The last time a Republican was elected to the council was 1991, said Jeffrey J. Land, chairman of the Cherry Hill Republican Organization.

"In any situation where you have one-party rule . . . there are a lot of voices that are not heard," Cohen said. "I think those voices should be represented."


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