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08Nov1967_CP - Democrats Win 2 Contests For Clementon Council...
Democrats Win 2 Contests For Clementon Council By CRAIG WATERS Courier-Post Courier-Post Courier-Post Stajf Democrats had urged Clementon Clementon voters to "Break One Man Rule." Voters who turned out at the polls yesterday did just that electing two Democrats to Clem-enton's Clem-enton's Clem-enton's formerly all-Republican all-Republican all-Republican council. The GOP still has a 4-2 4-2 4-2 edge. But Democrats still have an outside chance of reducing it to 3-3. 3-3. 3-3. The successful candidates, who ran on a platform of opposition opposition to the Republican administration's administration's tax and urban renewal policies, were Thomas J. Murphy, Murphy, a Camden attorney, and Edward P. Meyers, a tavern owner. Only one of three Incumbent Republicans, Charles E. Warrington, Warrington, was returned to office, and Democrats remained hopeful hopeful that their candidate, Thomas V. Barnes, who lost by a scant 15 votes, might win the council seat when absentee ballots are counted. Murphy and Meyers got together together at the latter's home last night to discuss the election and to celebrate its outcome. Meyers plainly felt that taxes were the issue which mattered. Raps Tax Hike "Taxes here went up 80 cents on the hundred last year, even though Clementon received $154,000 in state sales tax money. With the borough getting getting that kind of money, I don't think local taxes should have been increased. "The people didn't know about the sales tax aspect. But we told them. "We're looking for a reduction reduction of taxes this coming year. Two Democrats on the council ought to be able to bring sufficient sufficient pressure to bear to get something done." Murphy agreed that the tax issue was an important one, but indicated that urban renewal was also a major factor. "The Republicans sought to take exclusive credit for urban renewal funds which Clementon has obtained. Standing on that contention, they sought to preside preside completely over the urban renewal effort. "We felt that there were qualified qualified people on both sides of the fence and that such a vital concern concern should be supervised by members of both parties." Inspection Rattle Another "very significant issue," issue," Murphy said, involved Clementon inspection ordinances which the Democratic candidates claimed were unconstitutional. "The ordinances allowed inspection inspection without search warrant procedures. We sought amendments amendments to bring the ordinances into line with Supreme Court decisions, decisions, but were ignored. "Meyers brought a tax payer's suit against the mayor and coun cil and on Oct. 13, Superior declared parts of the ordinance invalid. 'Return for Balance' "This undoubtedly had an ef fect on the voters. "Mayor Ora L. Wooster Jr., returned to office by a 66 vote margin, "may not have agreed with the Supreme Court, but he had no right to ignore their rulings. THOMAS J. MURPHY . . . Camden ittorncy EDWARD P. MEYERS , , tavern owner "This election, I think, signi fies a return to 'balance' for Clementon government," Murphy Murphy concluded. fa ALWAYS FIRST

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  2. 08 Nov 1967, Wed,
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