Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Write-In Candidates Beat Incumbent GOP County Committee Representatives From Middletown's District 28
For the most part yesterday's primary election in Middletown went as planned, both Democrats and Republicans had uncontested races for Middletown Township Committee. Democrats George Mardinly and Patrick Short won their party's nomination as did Republicans Tony Fiore and Stephanie Murray.
Interestingly however, was that while the election went as planned for those on the top of the Republican ticket, it didn't fair well for a couple of longtime GOP County Committee people further down the line. District 28 incumbent Middletown Republican County Committee members Andrew M. Zapcic, Sr. and his wife Kathleen Zapcic, were beaten rather unexpectedly by two write-in candidates, Rudolf Wobito and Jennifer Valencia. Wobito and Valencia are members of the Chapel Hill Neighborhood Group, who oppose the building of the all-girls high school, Trinity Hall.
What messages have been sent or what impact those message will have in regards to the outcome of the Trinity Hall application that is nearing a final vote in front of the Middletown Planning Board later this month, is any one's guess. I suspect however it won't have much, even though Wobito, Valencia and other members of the Chapel Hill Neighborhood Group are hoping otherwise.