Aura Kenny Dunn, who served as Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s district director, is circulating petitions to seek the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 25th district.
Dunn wants top run for the open seat of Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township), who is running for Morris County Surrogate after 24 years in the Assembly.
After running in the GOP primary for freeholder last year, Dunn hopes to follow a model employed by numerous Morris politicians – including State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville), Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and Carroll – of losing a primary before finally winning.
The Mendham resident joined Frelinghuysen’s staff in 2016 after a career in government and public affairs. She worked for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee under Sen. Arlen Specter and worked as a public affairs executive for Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, as well as for higher education institutions and technology and telecommunications companies.
After relocating to New Jersey, a decade ago, Dunn worked for Au Pair in America, advocating for local families and caregivers through the Education and Cultural Affairs program at the U.S. Department of State.
Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) is seeking re-election to a sixth term, although technically he must be one of the top two vote-getters in a field that is now up to five candidates.
Denville councilman Brian Bergen, Morristown councilwoman Alison Deeb, and Randolph attorney John Barbarula are also running.