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Boonton Mayor Matthew DiLauri

Boonton mayor won’t seek re-election

Independent ousted GOP incumbent four years ago in emerging swing town

By David Wildstein, January 01 2019 2:06 pm

Boonton mayor Matthew DiLauri announced today that he will not seek re-election to a second term in 2019.

DiLauri, 44, toppled ten-year Republican incumbent Cyril Wekilsky in 2015 with 60% of the vote.  DiLauri ran as an independent and Democrats did not nominate a candidate.

Wekilsky made a comeback in 2016, winning a race for Ward 1 alderman.  He was re-elected in 2018.

Once a Republican stronghold, the Town of Boonton has emerged as a swing town in recent years.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez carried Boonton by 13 votes in 2018, and Rep.-elect Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) won it by 687 votes.  Democrat Shala Gagliardi outpolled incumbent County Clerk Ann Grossi in Boonton by 109 votes, and the three Democratic candidates for Morris County freeholder carried the town.

Democrats won two of the four Alderman seats.  In Ward 4, their candidate lost by just 15 votes.

In 2017, Republican Kim Guadagno won Boonton by 24 votes over Gov. Phil Murphy, and State Sen. Anthony Bucco, who served as a Boonton Alderman from 1978 to 1983 and as mayor from 1984 through 1989, carried his hometown by just 31 votes against Democrat Lisa Bhimani.

Bhimani is now challenging five-term Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, the son of the Senator, in the 2019 Assembly race.

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