Former Kinnelon Councilman Lawrence A. Casha will seek the Republican nomination for Congress against freshman Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district.
“Yes, I am running,” Casha told the New Jersey Globe.
The Republican State Committeeman from Morris County is expected to formally announce his bid over the next few days, and will skip the exploratory committee process.
Casha is the third Republican to express an interest in the chance to run against Sherrill, who in 2018 flipped a House seat that Republicans had held for 34 years.
Casha, 65, is well-known in Republican circles, working for GOP candidates for more than 20 years.
He is a former executive director of the Morris County Republican Committee and worked as counsel to State Sen. Bob Martin, legislative aide to Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, and as Morris County Director of Gov. Christine Todd Whitman’s 1997 re-election campaign.
Casha lost a GOP primary for an open State Assembly seat in 2007 to Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains). He lost a second Assembly race in 2012 when he challenged BettyLou Croce (R-Parsippany) in a 2012 special election convention following the death of Alex DeCroce.
He served as a Kinnelon councilman from 2004 to 2008.