Democrat Jeff Grayzel will return for his third stint on the Morris Township Committee, this time as the mayor.
Scott Carlson, a former chief of staff to State Sen. John Girgenti, will serve as township attorney.
Grayzel’ s ascension to the mayoralty follows a tough comeback bid that began with a hotly contested Democratic primary. Councilwoman Cathy Wilson, who was also the Democratic municipal chair, pushed Morris County Democrats to deny Grayzel the organization endorsement.
Running off the line, Grayzel (1,206) and Mark Gyorfy (1,186), a former aide to Rep. Albio Sires, defeated Daniel Falkner (1,156) and Tara Olivio Moore (1,101).
In the general election, Grayzel (5,273) and Gyorfy (5,141) defeated three-term incumbent Bruce Sisler (4,251) and Joseph Calvanelli (4,129).
Sisler, the chief of staff to Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, is a former executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. He was considered a potential candidate for the seat of retiring Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township); his loss likely precludes that.
The new 4-1 Democratic majority includes John Arvanites, who made a political comeback last year. Arvanites spent ten years as a Roseland councilman and four years as mayor.
Carlson will replace John Mills, who has held the post since the early 1970’s.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Gyorfy ran with Grayzel in the primary.