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Former Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Deeb loses, again

After losing her Morristown council seat last year, Republican has failed to break 1% in races for Assembly, freeholder

By David Wildstein, February 01 2020 2:09 pm

It’s been a tough year for Alison Deeb, who failed in three bids for higher office and lost her own ward council seat in Morristown.

Deeb was a candidate for an open State Assembly seat in the 25th district but dropped out of the race before the Republican primary.

She said at the time that she would seek re-election to the council, but filing day passed without her submitting her nominating petitions.  She told the Morristown Green that she was stepping down because she’s rather raise Seeing Eye puppies than enter a political dog fight.

Deeb changed her mind and sought re-election to her fourth ward seat after receiving enough write-in votes in the Republican primary to secure a place in the ballot.

In the general election, Deeb was defeated by Democrat Sandi Mayer, who as out of the country for most of October.  Mayer won by 113 vote, 56%-44%.

Just days after losing her council seat, Deeb entered the race for State Assembly.  Morris County Republicans were holding a special election convention on November 21 to fill the seven-week unexpired term of Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton), who had resigned to succeed his late father in the State Senate.

Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) won that seat with 74% of the vote in a first-ballot victory in a field of six candidates.  Deeb finished fourth with just 5 votes – 85 votes short of a win.

Deeb must have somehow read those numbers – less than three-tenths of one percent of the vote – as encouraging.  She quickly entered the race for Morris County freeholder, which called a special election convention to replace Heather Darling.  Darling resigned on January 1 to become the county surrogate.

In today’s vote, Deeb finished last with 25 votes on the first ballot.  That works out to slightly less than seven-tenths of one percent.

In 2017, she won the Republican nomination for mayor of Morristown as a write-in candidate.  In the general election, she received just 27% of the vote against Democratic incumbent Timothy Dougherty.

Deeb was re-elected to her council seat in 2015 by just 8 votes against Justin Davis.  Davis is now the Morristown Democratic municipal chairman and a top official at New Jersey Transit.

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