The municipal clerk has certified that Phyllis Holly-Ward, Alex Bethea, and Duncan Harrison, Jr. have been elected as At Large Council Members. These three candidates received the highest number of votes for the At Large positions.
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Councilwoman at Large and City Council President, Phyllis Holly-Ward, is nearing the end of her four year term. Holly-Ward is the wife to Jorey Ward and the mother to two sons, William and Phillip. She currently resides in the Villa Park Section of Trenton. Holly-Ward is a graduate of Trenton Central High School and has attended Mercer County Community College. The councilwoman at large also holds a Real Estate License received from the Princeton School of Real Estate. Phyllis Holly-Ward is currently the owner and president of a personal and professional development company, Success Links, LLC. She is also a financial consultant as well a councilwoman. She has served as a community relation specialist for the City of Trenton Mayor’s Office. Holly-Ward is the founder and former writer for the Column, “Community Matters” for the Times New paper. Holly-Ward has received the title of Citizen of the Year from the Trenton Council of Civic Associations as well as Parent of the Year from the West End Little League. She was recognized as a Dedicated Community Activist from Mercer County of New Jersey in addition to her recognition for Outstanding Community Service from the American Legion Post 182. Holly-Ward was recognized again for her community service by the New Jersey Federation of Color Women’s Clubs Incorporated. The American Caribbean Association awarded Holly-Ward with the Marcus Garvey Highest Esteem Award. The councilwoman at large was also awarded with Women Making a Difference Nominee Award by ABC Radio Networks and Women of the Year by national sorority, Zeta Phi Beta. She was featured in Black Enterprise magazine in July of 2009 for her strong money management skills. Phyllis Holly-Ward is the Founder of First Ladies Professional Development Group. She is also a member of the Trenton Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction, the Trenton branch of NAACP, the Mercer chapter Organizing for America and the Trenton chapter of Keep America Clean.
Current Councilman at Large Bethea was a graduate of Trenton Central High School, class of 1975, and then went on to study at The College of New Jersey. Prior to serving as a council member, he was an educator in the Trenton School district for over three decades, and also served as a Vice Principal in Joyce Kilmer Elementary School. Throughout his involvement in government, he still puts an emphasis on education. For example, in August 2012, he spoke out against the building of a McDonalds across the street from TCHS, claiming that it may promote lateness, truancy class, and violence. President of the NAACP Trenton branch.
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Duncan Harrison holds a Bachelors Degree in sociology with a focus on criminal justice from Delaware State University and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College at The City University of New York.
Harrison was the first Vice President of the Trenton Council of Civic Associations. He also served as Vice President of the Rutherford Heights Civic Association and President of the Mercer County Young Black Democrats. Harrison also served on the committee of the West Ward 14th District. He was the Treasurer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as the commissioner of Trenton Parking Authority. Duncan Harrison is heavily involved in the community is several aspects. In addition to his several leadership roles on a variety of different boards and committees, he has been heavily involved with youth in the Trenton community. Duncan emphasizes the importance of obtaining leadership roles and gaining experience in professional platforms through lectures and training session with high school and college students as well as working professionals.
Duncan Harrison is the Associate Executive Director of the Union Industrial Home for Children Family Partners. Harrison was the Center Coordinator for the Rutgers Transitional Education and Employment Management Gateway Youth Education and Employment Success Center. There, Harrison helped to reduce the dropout rate among youth. In the past, he has served as a seasonal police officer for the Police Department at Rehoboth Beach. Harrison was experience as a job developer with Mercer Street Friends as well as a case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
General Election Results
Total 17,988 100.00%
CARTER PATTERSON 1,313 7.30%
ANDREW J. KENNEDY 2,152 11.96%
RAFAEL VALENTIN 1,880 10.45%
ALEX BETHEA 2,784 15.48%
LEE W. INGRAM 953 5.30%
CHRISTINE DONAHUE 1,388 7.72%
PHYLLIS HOLLY-WARD 3,209 17.84%
DUNCAN HARRISON, JR. 2,246 12.49%
LISA KASABACH 2,031 11.29%
Personal Choice 32 0.18%
The following six candidates also ran for At Large Council seats but did not win (click on a candidate’s name for more information):