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Pequannock Councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch

Florance-Lynch will run for freeholder

Seeking seat to be vacated by Darling

By David Wildstein, December 19 2019 5:53 pm

Pequannock Councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch will run for Morris County Freeholder at a Republican special election convention next month.

She will face Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen, former Pompton Lakes Councilman Christian Barranco, and outgoing Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb for the seat of Heather Darling, who is resigning to become the Morris County Surrogate.

The race was jolted today by news that former Freeholder John Cesaro, who had been campaigning for the seat, was charged with accepting bribes in exchange for promising legal work to a cooperating witness, attorney Matthew O’Donnell.

Darling was elected freeholder in 2017 and her seat is up next year.

The winner of the special election convention will serve the remaining year of Darling’s term.

The interim choice will still need to face a June primary and the November general election.

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