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Craig Heard has decided not to run in a November 21 special election convention for State Assembly to fill the remaining seven weeks of Anthony M. Bucco’s term.
“After considerable thought and assessment of the commitment necessary to be an effective Assemblyman, should I be selected, I feel at this time I need to focus on my business at Gateway and our significant growth that requires my full-time focus,” said Heard, the Morris County Republican Chairman. “With the award of a large municipal contract we are in the middle of the implementation which will require staffing and planning that will require my attention for the next few months.”
The filing deadline is today.
Heard told the New Jersey Globe that he has not ruled out running in a January special election convention to fill the future vacancy that will occur when Bucco, now a state senator, declines to take the Assembly seat he won last week. He has also not dismissed running in the June primary as the Assembly candidate for the November 2020 special election.
“Although my interest in the Assembly position is ongoing to work for the D25 residents of Morris County and our taxpayers, I do not want to move forward, at this time, if I cannot be totally committed to the position,” Heard said.
Four candidates have entered the race so far: Aura Dunn, a former district director to former Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen; Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Sarah Neibart; Assistant Morris County Counsel John Barbarula; and Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb.