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2018 Candidates

New Jersey holds it’s statewide election on November 6, 2018. The Moorestown Democrats are proud of our candidates – please show your support and get out the vote!

Moorestown Town Council: Nicole Gillespie & Brian Donnelly


Nicole Gillespie: Nicole Gillespie lives in the Colonial Ridge neighborhood of Moorestown, and works on North Church Street at the Knowles Teacher Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to improving math and science education in the United States. In her role as the CEO of Knowles, she oversees a staff of 25 employees and a $6.5 million annual budget to support hundreds of teachers across the country. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and served as an active duty naval officer in cryptology for five years. After returning to civilian life, she earned a MS in physics from the University of Washington and a PhD in science education from the University of California, Berkeley. As a career educator, it’s important to her that she live in a town like Moorestown that supports excellent schools.

Nicole volunteers with Contact of Burlington County as an advocate for persons impacted by sexual assault, and is a member of the Moorestown Business Association, the Moorestown Rotary Club and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill where she serves on the finance committee. She is also on the Moorestown’s 4th of July Committee, where she is coordinating this year’s Freedom Lecture and is serving as the military coordinator for the parade. Nicole loves being an aunt and sharing travel adventures with her niece Tori and nephews Thomas and Nicholas.

Brian Donnelly:  Brian Donnelly is a life-long South Jersey resident and twenty-three year veteran of the armed forces. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. In 2009, he was commissioned as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army Reserves where he led a team of investigators prosecuting terrorists under Iraqi law and continues to serve today. Brian is a graduate of Burlington County College (A.S), The University of Maryland, College Park (B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice) and Rutgers School of Law (Juris Doctor). In addition to his Juris Doctor, he also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and is chair of the Taxation Committee of the Camden County Bar Association.

He is a nationally recognized attorney, and the owner and principal of the Moorestown- and Mount Laurel-based law firm Donnelly LLC. In his practice, Brian acts as Outside general counsel for both large corporations and small businesses and is a recognized estate planning, trust, probate and guardianship attorney. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, a distinction claimed by fewer than 5% of law firms in the country, and a New Jersey Superlawyer. He has been named as a “Forty Under Forty” by the Burlington County Times.

Brian resides in Moorestown with his wife Marci and daughter Brooke and is an award-winning author.