Vot­ers choose Wal­lace, Chap­man

Newark Post - - Front Page - By KARIE SIMMONS ksim­mons@ches­pub.com

Com­mu­nity ac­tivist Jen Wal­lace and in­cum­bent Luke Chap­man both earned de­ci­sive vic­to­ries in Tues­day’s city coun­cil elec­tion.

Roughly 8 per­cent of the 4,060 peo­ple reg­is­tered to vote in District 3 turned out, while 23 per­cent of the 2,135 peo­ple reg­is­tered in District 5 cast votes.

Wal­lace cap­tured 285 votes, ap­prox­i­mately 84 per­cent of the 341 votes cast in the District 3 race, beat­ing her op­po­nent Ar­lynn Hall, who took home 56 votes.

Wal­lace, a 44-year-old res­i­dent of Barks­dale Estates, works as a free­lance writer and com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant and first gained promi­nence as

the leader of Ne­wark Res­i­dents Against the Power Plant. She will fill the seat va­cated by Rob Gif­ford, who en­dorsed her af­ter de­cid­ing not to seek a sec­ond term.

Wal­lace at­trib­uted her win Tues­day night to be­ing en­gaged in city is­sues and ac­tive in the com­mu­nity.

“The neigh­bors just came out and voted their voice,” she said.

Wal­lace said she is look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more about the day-to-day func­tions of the city and go­ing on ride-alongs with the po­lice and fire de­part­ments, although she ad­mit­ted sit­ting at the coun­cil dais may take some get­ting used to.

“I’m rar­ing to go,” she said.

In­cum­bent Chap­man had 376 votes, roughly 76 per­cent of the 493 to­tal votes cast in District 5, se­cur­ing him a third, two-year term on coun­cil. His chal­lenger, Donna Means, racked up 117.

Chap­man, a 32-year-old fi­nan­cial plan­ner from Fair­field Crest, was first elected to city coun­cil in 2012.

He said Tues­day night he is grate­ful his con­stituents voted him in for an­other term.

“I see the vic­tory as the recog­ni­tion that peo­ple be­lieve I’ve been do­ing a good job,” Chap­man said.

He said he has “a long list” of ini­tia­tives and is­sues he wants to work on in his next term.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to work,” he said.

Means, on the other hand, was dis­ap­pointed she didn’t get as many votes as she had hoped for. Still, she said she is proud of her cam­paign.

“I con­ducted my­self in a pro­fes­sional man­ner, full of in­tegrity, and that’s all you can ask for some­one,” she said.

Means said Tues­day night that although she lost the elec­tion, she plans to stay in­volved. She said she will con­tinue to reg­u­larly at­tend coun­cil meet­ings and voice her opinions.

“They haven’t seen the last of me,” Means said.

Mayor Polly Sierer and District 6 Coun­cil­man Stu Markham ran for re-elec­tion un­op­posed. Sierer will be­gin her first full term as mayor af­ter be­ing elected dur­ing a spe­cial elec­tion in Novem­ber 2013 to fill the re­main­der of Vance A. Funk III’s term. Markham, the coun­cil’s long­est-serv­ing mem­ber, will be­gin his sixth term.

Wal­lace, Chap­man, Sierer and Markham will be sworn in dur­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing set for 6 p.m. April 21.




Coun­cil­man Luke Chap­man greets Coun­cil­woman-elect Jen Wal­lace af­ter the elec­tion re­sults were an­nounced.

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