This story has been edited to include a statement from council members.
Incumbents Chris Ciaccio, Dan Schuberth and Ronald Witt were all re-elected to township council Nov. 5. They defeated newcomers Roland Allen, Paul Kranz and Rakhi Upadhyay.
Schuberth led the pack with 2,261 votes, which amounted to just over 24% of the vote. Ciaccio and Witt followed with 2,138 (22.83%) and 2,036 (21.74%). Kranz, Upadhyay and Allen received 1,029 (10.99%), 977 (10.43%) and 918 (9.8%), respectively.
Ciaccio, 62, has lived in Robbinsville for nearly 40 years. She has been a councilwoman since 2007—the slate’s longest-serving official—and was previously appointed to the township Zoning Board in 1988. Ciaccio and her husband, Tom, own Tony’s Farm and Garden Center in Windsor.
This is Schuberth’s second term on council. He was previously the chairman of Robbinsville’s Economic Development Advisory Committee. Schuberth, 35, currently works as the regional human resource manager at McMaster-Carr. He and his wife, Natalie, moved to Robbinsville in 2010.
Witt, 52, is currently the president and CEO of Sweetwater Construction. He has lived in Robbinsville since 1998, and he has been a councilman since 2011. Witt previously served on the township’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, Planning Board and Zoning Board.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our Robbinsville community for another four years,” the slate said in a statement. “Voters sent a clear message that they approve of the job we are doing and that property tax reduction and the protection of open space remain top priorities. We are committed to continuing the progress we’ve made on both of these key issues in partnership with Mayor Fried and his administration.”
The council members said they plan to focus on the Foxmoor revitalization, developing Town Center South with Penn Medicine and turning the Route 130 corridor “into a vibrant commercial district.” They also plan to prioritze open space preservation and the Miry Run property.
“Robbinsville is a great community because our elected leaders and residents maintain an open dialogue and consistently come together in support of common-sense policies and initiatives that improve our experience living here,” they said. “We are honored by the trust you have placed in us and we look forward to keeping Robbinsville a community we can all be proud to call home.”
Incumbents also kept their seats on the Robbinsville Board of Education. Christopher Emigholz, Craig Heilman and Jane Luciano defeated first-time candidate Avery Hutchinson for three spots on the board.
Luciano received 2,267 votes— 28.71%. Next was Heilman with 2,201 (27.88%), followed by Emigholz with 2,127 (26.94%). Hutchinson brought in 1,215 votes (15.39%).
Emigholz, 42, has lived in Robbinsville since 2011. He was appointed to the board in September to fill Thomas Halm’s vacated term, which expires at the end of this year. Emigholz is currently the associate executive director/budget director for the New Jersey State Senate. He has three children in Robbinsville schools.
Heilman, 50, is a controller for a mid-sized company in Pennsauken. He has lived in Robbinsville since 1998, and his daughter and stepdaughter both went through the school district.
Luciano has served on the board since 2017, and she has lived in Robbinsville for 23 years. All three of her sons are in or graduated from Robbinsville schools. Luciano, 57, currently works as an independent consultant and owner of Lighthouse-Consulting Partners.