When the results stopped pouring in on Tuesday night, it was the Democratic incumbents who were left with reason to celebrate in Hillsborough. Jenn Weaver, who ran unopposed, replaces Tom Stevens as the mayor of Hillsborough after serving two years as mayor pro tempore and six years as a Town Board of Commissioner for Hillsborough. With all four precincts reporting, Weaver received 96.49 percent of the vote, while write-in candidates received 3.51 percent.
Weaver, a yoga instructor and former public policy researcher, announced her run for mayor in the News of Orange County on June 19, after Stevens declared he would not run for an eighth term in office earlier that month. At the time, she said she believed the town was heading in the right direction and she wanted to make sure that all citizens were part of that push.
Leading up to the election, Weaver stated that she was focused on tackling challenges facing Hillsborough, including affordability and inclusivity for all citizens, taking care of public spaces around town such as trash pickup, public safety and street maintenance, and climate change.
Weaver will be joined in her efforts to help Hillsborough continue to thrive during her two-year term by three familiar faces. Democratic incumbents for Town Board of Commissioner Mark Bell, Evelyn Lloyd and Matt Hughes each overcame challenger Kevin Mason to win re-election.
Bell, who has served as a Town Board of Commissioner since 2015, received 28.5 percent of the vote. Lloyd earned 28.11 percent of the vote to continue her run as a commissioner that began in 1991. Hughes, who began serving on the Board of Commissioners in March 2018 after filling the seat vacated by Brian Lowen, received 30.39 percent of the vote to begin his first full term in office. In his first time running for public office, Mason received 12.38 percent of the vote.
While running for office, Bell and Hughes each stated the importance of managing growth in Hillsborough and how it will affect development and infrastructure in the town. Lloyd, meanwhile, focused on the town’s budget, especially in regards to a possible economic recession in the near future.