Laura Marie Ali will seek re-election as the Morris County Republican Chair in June and starts with the endorsements of 34 of the 39 municipal chairs in the county.
No opponents have stepped forward to challenge Ali, who has seen her influence flourish since Morris County Republicans created an organization line for the first time in 2021.
“As I always say, it’s a great time to be a Morris County Republican and I am excited about my team leading the party for another term,” said Ali. “Our greatest days are ahead of us.”
While Morris County has become more politically competitive – Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Morris since 1964 – GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli carried it by 11 points last year and Democrats haven’t won a countywide election since 1973.
Ali became acting county chair in late 2019 after Ron DeFilippis, the winner of a contentious 2018 race by a four-vote margin, stepped down for health reasons. She was unopposed in a bid for a full two-year term in 2020.
Democrats in Morris County hit the reset button last month with the sudden resignation of their county chairman, Chip Robinson. Amalia Duarte, a Mendham township committeewoman, is unopposed to succeed Robinson in a special election set for May 9.
After that, only Mercer and Morris will have women county chairs on the Republican and Democratic sides
“This year we have phenomenal candidates running up and down the ballot. I am fully confident we will be taking back towns like Chatham Borough, Dover and Madison,” Ali said. “I am honored and grateful for the support of this list of exceptional Municipal County Committee Leaders.”