Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen says he’s not interested in running against freshman Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) next year.
“I want to focus on Chatham Township,” Selen said. “I am not considering anything else.”
Selen was sworn in as mayor on January 4, becoming the first Turkish-born mayor in the United States.
A Turkish newspaper had mentioned that Selen wanted to run for Congress.
He was elected to fill an unexpired term on the township committee in 2017. He became mayor on January 4 and is up for re-election in November.
Once a Republican stronghold, Chatham Township has become a swing town.
Sherill carried Chatham Township by 893 votes in her 2018 campaign against Republican Jay Webber. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) carried the township by 1,215 votes in the 2014 mid-term election.
A Republican, Selen won his 2017 race by 85 votes. A Democrat won last year’s local election by 136 votes.