Stockton to have races for mayor, council in primary

There also are contests in West Amwell and Delaware Township.

By: Mae Rhine
   A battle has shaped up in tiny Stockton for the June 4 primary.
   Elsewhere, there are contests in West Amwell and Delaware Township.
   Longtime Stockton Mayor Gigi Celli, a Democrat, faces a challenge from fellow Democrat Joan Haberle, now a Borough Council member.
   Ms. Haberle, former New Jersey secretary of state, is giving up her seat on the council for the chance to defeat Mayor Celli in the primary as she can’t run for both mayor and council. She was the first woman to serve on the council in the town’s history.
   Also filing for the four-year term as mayor was Greg Rackin, a Republican.
   For the two three-year terms available on the council, incumbent Gary Dailey, a Republican, faces a challenge from Constance Bassett and David Pasicznyk, both Republicans. Neal Esposito, a former longtime member of the council, is unopposed for the Democratic nod.
   In West Amwell, incumbent Nance Palladino faces a challenge from Patricia Siefel. Both are Republicans. The winner of that contest will face Democrat Gary Robinson in the battle for the one available three-year term on the Township Committee.
   In Delaware Township, four Republicans will face off for the two three-term terms available. Incumbent Kenneth Johnson will be challenged by Ronald Bibbo, Kenneth Hyman and Edward Marra. Incumbent James Mathews did not file for re-election.
   In Lambertville, there is no contest for the two three-year terms available. Unopposed will be incumbents Cynthia Ege and John McManus. Mr. McManus has been on the City Council since it changed from a three-member City Commission to the council form of government January 1983.