Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Sarah Neibart, one of the rising starts in Morris County politics, says she has still not made a decision about seeking the open State Assembly seat in the 25th district.
Republicans have called a November 21 special election convention to fill the remaining seven weeks of Anthony M. Bucco’s term in the Assembly. Bucco resigned in October to take the State Senate seat of his father, Anthony R. Bucco, who died in September.
“The race in Mendham Township has not yet been called. I am currently focused on ensuring every vote is properly counted,” Neibart said. “My candidates currently hold the lead, and I am confident that, once all the votes are counted, Thomas Baio and Jordan Orlins will be the official winners.”
Orlins leads Democrat Melissa Suharko by one vote. The Morris County Board of Elections will count provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots tomorrow.
The filing deadline is on November 14.
Aura Dunn, a former district director for Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, filed her letter of intent with Morris and Somerset Republicans on November 1. Assistant Morris County Counsel John Barbarula told the New Jersey Globe in September that he would run for the open seat if there was one.
Morris County Republican Finance Committee Chairman Craig Heard, a conservative who challenged Rep. Leonard Lance in the 2016 GOP primary, is reportedly close to entering the Assembly race.
Republican insiders told the Globe that Freeholders Deborah Smith and Stephen Shaw were also possible candidates, along with Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb.