Morris Township Mayor Jeffrey Grayzel., mentioned by some Democratic leaders as a possible State Senate candidate against Republican Anthony M. Bucco next year, says that the 2020 campaign shouldn’t start until this week’s race in over.
Rupande Mehta announced today that she would seek the Democratic nomination to take on Bucco.
Grayzel pointed to races in Morris Township, Dover and Mendham Township that are still too close to call.
“I am not commenting at this time on any future elections. And I am disappointed that others are making announcements when this election is not even over yet,” Grayzel told the New Jersey Globe. “Personally, I am focused on winning the election in my own town and actively helping out my friends in Dover and Mendham Township win their elections as well.”
Just one vote separates the two candidates in Mendham Township, where Republican Jordan Orlins leads Democrat Melissa Saharko by one vote. Another Democrat is 28 votes behind the top vote-getter, Republican Thomas Baio.
The Dover race is especially close.
Democrat Carolyn Blackman leads incumbent Mayor James P. Dodd by 19 votes. Three ward alderman races are also close – 18, 33 and 34 votes.
In Morris Township, Democrat Bud Ravitz trails incumbent Peter Mancuso by 48 votes, with provisional and some vote-by-mail ballots still uncounted.
“I am a team player focused on securing victories for Democrats in Morris County,” Grayzel said. “Anyone talking about future elections at this time is being selfish.”