The Morris County Democratic Women’s Caucus is standing behind their endorsement of Rupande Mehta for State Senate in the 25th district, support that was challenged last week when an anonymous letter was circulated by individuals claiming to be members of the caucus.
The letter challenged the process used to endorse a candidate to take on State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton). The endorsement was released by the Mehta campaign.
The New Jersey Globe did not publish the anonymous letter, which was sent from a Gmail account. Attempts to authenticate the letter were unsuccessful. The Globe was contacted by one of the signers via text message, but the individual did not offer his or her name. A call made to the number went to a Google Voice account that was not answered.
“Our endorsement came after a vetting process, which included the Candidate Forum we co-hosted last month in Boonton, as well as a call from our members to take a leadership role and support the highly qualified women running for office,” said a statement from the caucus released by chair Meghan Lynch. “The support of our active caucus members in this action has been overwhelming and we stand by the endorsement.”
Mehta faces former Morris Township mayor Jeff Grayzel and attorney Clifford Dawkins for the endorsement of the Morris County Democratic Committee at their March 15 convention. All three candidates have agreed to abide behind the convention choice and not run off the line in the June 2 primary election.
The women’s caucus has also endorsed Darcy Draeger for the 35th district State Assembly seat.
Draeger is unopposed for the organization line next week in her bid to unseat Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham).
“Rupande Mehta and Darcy Draeger are founding members of our Caucus and have consistently attended our meetings and events and are true team players,” the statement said.