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3/20/2017 - Dina Thornton Selected as New Councilwoman in Hamilton

Dina Thornton Selected as New Councilwoman in Hamilton

Former school board member Dina Thornton was recently selected to become the newest member of the Hamilton Township Council, filling the position previously held by Edward Gore, who recently returned to service as Hamilton’s Assistant Public Defender.

Thornton served four years on the Hamilton Township School Board, which was highlighted by her service as the board’s Vice President, chairing the board committee that led the Public School District’s search for a new Superintendent, as well as a chairing the board’s Special Education and Policy committees, along with work on several other committees over her tenure. 

Thornton previously was the PTA President for Mercerville Elementary School (currently is 2nd Vice President) and is currently the Secretary for the Crockett Middle School PTA.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to serve our community as a member of the Township Council.  I recognize the opportunity that I now possess to help make an important and positive difference in the lives of my fellow residents - and particularly for our younger generations who, like my own children, hold a great stake in the future of our community,” says Thornton. 

Thornton was unanimously selected by the Township Council late last week, becoming the second female representative on the current body.  During the public meeting where she was selected, she was praised by her former School Board colleagues, Richard Kanka, Susan Ferrara and Christopher Scales.

In summarizing the selection of Ms. Thornton, Council President Dennis Pone expressed how the Council was impressed with her forthright candor during the public interview process.

“Our Township Council has always prided itself in our openness and transparency in our interactions with the residents we serve; and during the public interview process, Dina illustrated her ability to address the important issues that our Council faces in an honest and straightforward manner,” says Pone.  “I look forward to working with her as we continue to serve the residents of our community.”

Mayor Yaede also expressed high praise of Hamilton’s newest Councilwoman. 

“Dina was an outstanding candidate to assume a position on the Township Council given her record of public and community service and strong local ties to our town” says Mayor Yaede.  “I look forward to working with her and our entire Council to continue moving our community forward in the right direction.”