In Mount Holly's first partisan election in recent history, two Democrats endorsed by the party organization handily won nomination to run for two available seats on the township council, besting a maverick after a nasty political fight.
The winners were Jules Thiessen, who had served on the five-member council for 16 years, including several terms as mayor, and Brian Grant, who is chairman of the planning board and a member of the school board. Tim Young, the vice president of the school board, lost.
Voters last November approved changing the elections from nonpartisan. During a campaign waged mostly with competing Facebook pages and websites, several accusations were leveled.