Morris County Commissioner Kathy DeFillippo, a Republican who has served on the commission since 2014, announced today that she will not seek re-election in 2022.
“After talking to Doug, Tom, and my family, I have decided to step back from elected office and to devote myself to my growing family and my other personal priorities,” DeFillippo said in a statement. “It was not an easy decision. Serving the people of Morris County on the Board of Commissioners has been a great honor.”
A former councilwoman and mayor in Roxbury Township, DeFillippo first ran for one of three seats on the then-Board of Freeholders in 2013, topping the field with 22.1% of the vote. Her two Republican running mates, Tom Mastrangelo and Doug Cabana, were also elected that year with ease.
The trio of Republicans won re-election in 2016 and 2019, both times with DeFillippo receiving the most votes in a six-candidate field. She served as director of the commission, a rotating position, for two years in 2015 and 2016.
In her statement today, DeFillippo indicated that while she may be leaving, her two counterparts will likely remain on the board.
“I know I am leaving the Board in good hands with the exceptional leadership of the current Commissioners, including my running mates Doug Cabana and Tom Mastrangelo, who continue to have my support and warm regard,” she said.
Just this morning, the Board of Commissioners announced that County Commissioner Tayfun Selen will become commission director in 2022, in advance of Selen’s congressional run against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).