Aura Dunn, a former Sesame Street lobbyist who served as Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s district director, has filed nominating petitions to seek the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 25th district.
“I am determined to take my fighting spirit to the floor of the Assembly to win the battle of lower cost of living, lower taxes and a bright future for my constituents,” said Dunn.
Dunn is one of three Republicans seeking the open seat of Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township), who is leaving the legislature after 24 years to run for Morris County Surrogate. Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) is seeking re-election to a sixth term.
Denville councilman Brian Bergen and special assistant Morris County counsel John Barbarula are also running.
Dunn won the Somerset County organization line earlier this week and has picked up endorsements from Mendham Borough mayor Christine Serrano-Glassner, Chester Borough mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Township mayor Marcia Asdal, Bernardsville mayor Mary Jane Canose, and Long Valley vice mayor William Roehrich.
As a candidate for the legislature, Dunn wants to be a voice for children and families.
“Self-censorship is the beginning of an eroding Democracy,” said Dunn, who founded the Morris County Teenage Republicans. “I want to make sure the youth of the county and future of our society have a place to think and express themselves freely.”
Dunn says the legislature doesn’t spend enough time on the long-term impact of their policies.
“Frankly, there is not enough talk in the legislature about the full impact of the policies being passed. What about the economic, social and physical security of future generations?” Dunn said. “In a rush to fill the gaping deficit, New Jersey was one of the first states to legalize online gambling in the nation and now the legalization of recreational marijuana is up for grabs, with a singular focus — short-term revenue generation. “