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Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Sarah Neibart will seek the 25th district State Assembly seat Anthony R. Bucco vacated in October when he moved up to the State Senate.
Republican County Committee members have called a special election convention for November 21 to fill the remaining seven weeks of the Assembly term Bucco won in 2018.
Neibart, 27, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the township committee last year. She easily won a full-term in the November general election.
She is well-known in New Jersey Republican circles as a political operative. Neibart was deputy campaign manager for Bob Hugin’s U.S. Senate race and ran Rep. Scott Garrett’s 2016 re-election bid. She also worked on the presidential campaign of Chris Christie, the former governor who lives in Mendham Township.
Last year, Neibart founded Fair Property Taxes for All New Jersey, a non-profit group that educates state residents about why their property taxes are high.
Three other candidates are also in the race: Aura Dunn, Rodney Frelinghuysen’s former district director; Assistant Morris County Counsel John Barbarula; and Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb are also seeking the unexpired term.
Morris County Republican Finance Chairman Craig Heard, who challenged Rep. Leonard Lance in the 2016 GOP primary, is also mulling an Assembly bid. Two freeholders, Deborah Smith and Stephen Shaw, are also considered possible candidates.
The filing deadline to run for the seat is November 14.