Monmouth County Republicans are moving to replace three-term incumbent Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) as the State Assembly candidate in the 13th district with Vicky Flynn, the Holmdel Board of Education president.
Shawn Golden, the Republican county chairman, made calls to local party leaders tonight indicating his support for Flynn, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
DiMaso is expected to fight for her seat at the Monmouth County GOP convention next month.
Flynn declined to comment on her potential candidacy.
The New Jersey Globe first reported in January that Golden was looking to drop DiMaso from the ticket.
Flynn, 48, is a partner in the Red Bank office of Hill Wallack, a major Central Jersey law firm. She had served as a Nutley school board member for three years before moving to Holmdel. While living in Essex, she was a partner DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole.
DiMaso and Golden have sparred in local races in the assemblywoman’s hometown of Holmdel, where she served as mayor. In 2019 and 2020, she backed local slates running off the line against Golden-endorsed candidates.
One of those candidates was an independent who defeated Flynn in a 2020 race for Holmdel Township Committee.
A 57-year-old former Monmouth County freeholder, DiMaso won the Assembly seat that opened up when O’Scanlon replaced retiring State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown) in 2017.
This could be the first hotly contested Republican primary in 16 years.
In 2005, Monmouth County Republicans dumped Joseph Azzolina (R-Middletown), who had served 11 terms in the Assembly on and off since 1965 – and one term in the State Senate.
Azzolina ran off the line in Monmouth and on the line in Middlesex County, when the 13th district included Old Bridge.
Handlin defeated him by 624 votes.
Over the last six years, Monmouth Republicans lost three women legislators. Democrats ousted Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean Township) and Caroline Casagrande (R-Colts Neck) in 2015, and Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) defeated three-term State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) in 2017.