Highland Park Mayor Elsie Foster secured a decisive win in Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections, fending off a primary challenge and securing the the party’s nomination for the general election in November.
According to unofficial results released by Middlesex County, Foster, who had won the endorsement of the local and county Democratic organizations, earned 63.96 percent of votes cast (1,269). Monique Coleman, the three-term Highland Park Board of Education member who sought a mayoral primary nod for the second time in as many election cycles, received 35.64 percent of the votes cast (707).
Council President Matthew Hersh and Councilman Jason Postelnik also earned the Democratic party nomination to three-year terms that begin in January 2024. Foster, Hersh, and Postelnik will all appear on the November general election ballot with Foster seeking a full, four-year mayoral term and Hersh and Postelnik seeking three-year council terms.
“We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful supporters and dedicated volunteer friends of Highland Park,” Foster, Hersh, and Postelnik said in a joint statement.
“Your unwavering belief in our ability to lead our town forward means the world to us. We are deeply committed to fulfilling the promises we made during our campaign, and we assure you that we will be working tirelessly to accomplish those goals. Thank you all for your trust and support.”