With the inception of the Ewing Observer in 2003, Community News has had a tradition of in-depth coverage of local elections. For many years, we published our election previews in November, to help readers make informed voting decisions when they needed the information — right before Election Day.

In recent years, we have moved this content up to October, because of the growing prevalence of mail-in ballot voting. And now, mail-in voting is the way it is, and maybe the way it will be from now on.

So here we are on Oct. 1 with our election coverage for towns throughout Mercer County (and Bordentown). Below you will find our coverage of the town council and committee races as well as the school board races in all the towns we cover.

If you notice that our coverage of local council and committee races is lacking this year, there’s a reason for that: few council or committee races in the area are actually contested this year, a worrisome trend in our highly partisan times. In most towns, voters will not have a chance to decide whom to vote for to represent them in town government because there are only enough candidate to fill exactly the number of seats up for election.

That would not be true in Trenton, which holds its elections in May — for now, anyway. And that is interesting because Trenton elections are officially nonpartisan. Its candidates do not declare their party affiliation for the races. School boards are also officially nonpartisan races, and so it’s difficult not to make a connection: elections that are officially nonpartisan in our area often still offer voters a choice, while those in which candidates declare their party affiliations have turned into noncontests throughout the area.

It’s enough to make one wonder if perhaps more local towns should go to nonpartisan elections.

Without further ado, here are all the links to our 2020 election coverage. More links may be added over time. Enjoy and send comments to news@communitynews.org.

Town races

Two up for two Bordentown committee seats
Ewing Democrats: We are focused on quality of life for residents
3 candidates seek 1-year term on Hamilton Township Council
Q&A: Kevin Kuchinski and Michael Ruger of the Hopewell Township Committee

School board races

3 towns, 3 seats, 3 candidates in Bordentown Regional school board elections
5 running for 3 school board seats in Ewing
4 vie for 3 seats on Hamilton school board
5 candidates for 3 seats on Hopewell Valley Regional school board
Crowded field vies for 3 Lawrence Board of Education seats
Meet the school board candidates: Princeton
Four candidates up for three seats on Robbinsville school board
Candidates unopposed in West Windsor-Plainsboro school board races