The Dover Board of Aldermen has 30 days to choose a replacement for Adrian Ballesteros after the Democratic caucus selected three candidates in a vote today.

The party used ranked-choice voting to recommend, in the following order: former councilman Edward Correa, former school board member and current planning board chairman Mike Scarnea and Hope Summerset, a Morris County housing authority social worker, for the Ballesteros seat in the third district. released earlier this month when he resigned.

They defeated former Alderman James Viscioli, an ally of former Mayor James P. Dodd, and Zoning Board member Victor Rodriguez.

Ballesteros moved to California last year and has been returning to Dover for occasional alderman meetings.

Dover Democrats were sharply divided in 2022 after then-Morris County Democratic Party Chairman Chip Robinson refused to toss the organizational line to candidates backed by local organizations, a move that contributed to Robinson’s ouster as county chairman. This resulted in three incumbents, including Correa, losing the Democratic primary.

Mayor Carolyn Blackman has not announced whether she plans to seek re-election to a second term. Three more aldermen ran this year: Jessica Cruz in Ward One, Judith Rugg in Ward Two and Arturo Santana in Ward Four.

Perennial candidate TS McCourt briefly and unofficially sought the Democratic nomination for mayor, but has now decided not to run.

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