Chatham Moms for Change, a grassroots organization with over 800 members, has endorsed Shala Gagliardi for Morris County Clerk.
Gagliardi, a Chatham attorney, is challenging embattled Republican incumbent Ann Grossi. If she wins, she would be the first Democrat to serve as county clerk since before the Civil War.
The organization said the race for clerk is about “ensuring the integrity of our elections.”
Grossi is facing several obstacles in her bid for a second term. In April, a Superior Court Judge said that she illegally instructed municipal clerks on nominating petition procedures, and in June was criticized for forgetting to print ballots in Spanish for the primary in Dover, when 69.4% of residents are Hispanic.
On Sunday, a voter from Mountain Lakes complained that her husband had received a vote-by-mail ballot from Grossi for Mount Arlington just as he was preparing to leave the country until after November 6.
“From Morristown to Dover to Butler and Pequannock and all towns in between, Shala has been meeting with Morris County residents to hear and understand their issues,” the Chatham Moms statement said. “She has made it a point to meet with as many constituents as possible, so she understands their concerns and can see where change needs to be implemented.”