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Acting Morris County Republican Chair Laura Marie Ali.

Filing deadline for Morris GOP chair race set for July 1

Laura Marie Ali, acting chairman since November ’19, is only announced candidate

By David Wildstein, June 27 2020 5:12 pm

Morris County Republicans will hold a reorganization meeting on July 14 to elect a county chairman.

Laura Marie Ali, who has served as acting chair since Ronald DeFilippis stepped down for health reasons late last year, is planning to seek a full two-year term.

The GOP cycle will be out of sync, at least for a year.   Due to social distancing restrictions created by the coronavirus pandemic last March, Morris and most other county political organizations chose to extend the term of the current county committee until June 2021.

It’s still not clear whether county committee will run for a one-year term next year to put the party back on a federal election year calendar.

So far, Ali is unopposed for the post.  The deadline for letters of intent to seek the party chairmanship is set for July 1.

DeFilippis won the post in 2018 by a narrow four vote margin, defeating Rob Zwigard by a vote of 242 to 239.

He announced last November that he was temporarily stepping down for personal and health reasons, with Ali heading the party in his absence.

Zwigard said earlier this year that he was considering a run, but has decided not to seek the post.

John Inglesino, a former freeholder and Rockaway mayor, had also thought about running but decided against it.

Any candidate for county chairman would need to include their full or partial slate of running mates for other executive board posts with their letter of intent.

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