Morris County Commission Director Tayfun Selen unveiled five new endorsements today in his bid for the Republican nomination in the 11th congressional district: Pequannock Mayor Melissa Florance-Lynch, Rockaway Borough Mayor Tom Mulligan, Pequannock Councilwoman Kyle Russell, Randolph Republican Chair Sydney Ugalde, and Chatham Township Republican Chair Daniel Bevere.
“As the left wing of the national Democratic Party tries to pull us toward socialism, it’s a great opportunity for our party to nominate someone like Tayfun who has lived the American dream, built an impressive business career, and then served his community as mayor and county commissioner,” Mulligan said in a statement.
Selen had previously received a number of other local endorsements in his congressional bid, including that of four of his fellow county commissioners. One of those four, Commissioner Kathy DeFillippo, is retiring this year, and Florance-Lynch is a leading candidate to replace her.
The 11th district, currently held by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), was made significantly more Democratic in redistricting and would have voted for President Joe Biden by 17 points. But for Selen to face Sherrill at all, he’ll have to win a Republican primary that currently includes six candidates and may grow to seven if Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) enters the race.
The Morris County Republican Party has not yet awarded its county line, but the Passaic County GOP, which makes up a much smaller percentage of the district, gave its endorsement to former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot last month.