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Sussex County Surrogate Gary Chiusano, third from right, with County Commissioner Dawn Fantasia, Assembyman Parker Space and Chester Mayor Mike Inganamort. (Photo: Space-Fantasia-Inganamoirt campaign).

Sussex Surrogate will team up with Space, Assembly candidates for GOP primary

Gary Chiusano will team up with Space for Senate, Fantasia and Inganamort for Assembly

By David Wildstein, February 13 2023 8:49 am

Sussex County Surrogate Gary Chiusano will run with Parker Space, Dawn Fantasia, and Mike Inganamort in the June GOP primary, giving the three legislative candidates in the 24th district a popular name for their slate.

Republicans in Sussex County have no organization line, but Chiusano has agreed to use the same ballot slogan as Space, an assemblyman running for an open State Senate seat,  and Fanatsia and Inganamort for Assembly.

“Providing a high level of service at the lowest possible cost has always been and will always be my top priority as Surrogate,” Chiusano, a former assemblyman and freeholder.   “I’m proud to run for re-election with Parker, Dawn, and Mike.  I’ve known them all for years and am confident that they will continue to deliver for Sussex County in Trenton.”

The tactic of using the same slogan may help a little, but it doesn’t have the same weight as candidates who bracket together on the ballot.

In 2022, congressional candidate Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) used the same ballot slogan as Sheriff Michael Strada and two candidates for county commissioner, Bill Hayden and Jill Space.  But Kean finished second in Sussex, 175 votes behind Phil Rizzo, 37.3% to 33.6%.

“Having worked with Gary over many years, I know his commitment to the people of Sussex County, and I’m proud to run alongside him this year,” said Space.  “Gary has the same priorities as Dawn, Mike, and me: fighting for taxpayers and defending families.”

Inganamort, the mayor of Chester, said supporting Chiusano for freeholder was one of his first votes as a Republican county committeeman in Sparta in 2003.

“I couldn’t be prouder to run for office alongside a personal and family friend like Gary Chiusano – who always delivers for his constituents,” he said.

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