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Parsippany Democratic Municipal Chairman Matt Clarkin. (Photo: Matt Clarkin).

Clarkin won’t seek Morris Dem post

Duarte unopposed, so far, to replace Robinson as county chair

By David Wildstein, April 27 2022 8:58 am

Parsippany Democratic Municipal Chairman Matt Clarkin will not be a candidate for Morris County Democratic Chairman in a special election next month.

Clarkin had filed a letter of intent to run for the open seat of Chip Robinson, who announced his resignation last Friday after nearly eight years in the post.  At the time, Clarkin said he was still deciding but wanted to protect his options in the event that his answer was yes,

But early Wednesday morning, the longtime Democratic official told the New Jersey Globe that he has decided not to see the county chairman post.

This leaves Mendham Township Committeewoman Amalia Duarte as the lone candidate, at least right now.   Duarte formally entered the race on Monday and has won endorsements from Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).

The election date is still not set, but Robinson said it would be the week of May 9.

Under party by-laws, Morris Democrats must provide notice to county committee ten days in advance of the election date.   The filing deadline is fifteen days before the election.

Clarkin serves on the Morris County Board of Elections and was chief of staff to Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano from 2018 to 2021.   He’s a former political director of the Morris County Democratic Committee.

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