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Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Dougherty, slate launch re-election campaign

Morristown Housing Authority commissioner Nathan Umbriac takes Elms’ place on the ticket

By Nikita Biryukov, March 23 2021 1:47 pm

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty announced he would seek a fourth term in office Tuesday.

“Over the last year, we have faced unprecedented times with extraordinary challenges while at the same time we rallied together as a community,” Dougherty said. “We have kept Morristown moving forward and together we have achieved meaningful success over the last four years.”

He’ll run on a slate with Councilwoman Toshiba Foster, Councilman David Silva and Morristown Housing Authority commissioner Nathan Umbriac. It’s not clear whether Councilman Michael Elms, who ran on Dougherty’s slate in 2017, is seeking re-election.

The mayor touted tax decreases over the past five years, increases in affordable housing and parks expansions.

“It has been an honor to serve Morristown residents over the last eight years,” Foster said. “We have and will continue to strive to make Morristown more affordable and have successfully worked on several public safety initiatives. I am excited for continuing the progress.”

Dougherty won his third term over Republican then-Councilwoman Alison Deeb by 46 points in 2017. Deeb lost her 2019 re-election race against Democrat Sandi Mayer by a little under 10 points.

There are no Republican officeholders left in Morristown, though independent Robert Iannaccone holds the council’s Third Ward seat.

“Since joining the Council we have worked diligently and tirelessly to improve our parks, safeguard quality of life and attract new small businesses to our Downtown,” Silva said. “But there is still a lot that we need to work on to build upon our success.”

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