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Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen. (Photo: Tayfun Selen).

Selen will lead Morris County Board of Commissioners

Republican is seeking to challenge Sherrill in NJ-11

By David Wildstein, December 21 2021 10:06 am

Tayfun Selen will become the director of the Morris County Board of Commissioners in January, a post that could boost his profile in his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

John Krickus is slated to become vice chairman.

“Tayfun Selen and John Krickus will be a dynamic, fiscally conservative leadership team for Morris County government over the next 12 months and will continue to hold the line on taxes, invest in infrastructure, and lead our county’s recovery from the pandemic. They represent the very best of our party,” said Morris County GOP Chair Laura Ali. “Tayfun in particular has been a part of three straight budgets that avoided property tax increases at the local and county levels.”

Selene is one of eight Republicans looking to take on Sherrill, a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor who flipped the 11th district seat in 2018 after 34 years of Republican congressmen.  His elevation to the director post is a vote of confidence from his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners.

“I’m honored to receive this vote of confidence from my Commissioner colleagues and look forward to continuing my fiscal conservative record of holding the line on taxes for a fifth straight year,” Selen said.  “Coming out of this year’s general election and with (President Joe) Biden’s growing inflation crisis, it’s clear voters are clamoring for more common sense policies centered around affordability. I’m committed to delivering that as director.”

In his 2020 freeholder bid, Selen ran five percentage points ahead of President Donald Trump in the Morris County municipalities in the 11th district.

A former Chatham Township mayor – the first Turkish American mayor in the nation — Selen enters the race with a compelling life story.

He emigrated to the U.S. in 1996 and worked as a gas station attendant and became a U.S. citizen in 2008.

In January 2020, Selen won a special election convention to fill the unexpired term of Freeholder Heather Darling, who had resigned to become Morris County Surrogate.

In the general election, he defeated Democrat Cary Amaro by a 52%-48% margin to become the last person to ever win an election as Morris County Freeholder.  In doing so, he won more votes than any countywide candidate in history and ran 6,312 votes ahead of the top of the ticket.

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