Morris County Democrats have picked William Schiavella, a former undersheriff and Republican councilman in Rockaway Township, to challenge Republican sheriff James Gannon.
The New Jersey Globe first reported last November that Schiavella was considering switching parties to run as a Democrat. He is a political ally of Michael Puzio, the Republican mayor of Rockaway. Both endorsed Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) for Congress last year.
Gannon replaced Schiavella and Puzio when he succeeded Edward Rochford as sheriff last year. Michael Saudino hired him to work for the Bergen County Sheriff’s office, but he left that job in January after Democrat Anthony Cureton took.
Puzio will seek re-election as a Republican. Democrats have picked councilman Jonathan Sackett as their mayoral candidate.
As expected, Democrats picked attorney Michael Thompson to run for surrogate. Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township), freeholder Heather Darling and others are seeking the Republican nomination.
Democrats picked three candidates for freeholder: Tara Parmigiani, David Timpanaro and Cary Amaro.
Timpanaro came within 408 votes of winning a Township Council seat in Randolph last year – a strong showing in a Republican town.