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Kathy Dailey expected to enter race for Morris surrogate

By David Wildstein, February 27 2019 3:50 pm

Kathy Dailey maybe the latest entrant in the race for Morris County Surrogate.

Dailey has told supporters that she plans to seek the Republican nomination in a field that already includes Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township) and Freeholder Heather Darling, although she sidestepped questions of her candidacy today.

“I haven’t officially announced,” Dailey told the New Jersey Globe.

Dailey ran for the Madison borough council in 2018 but lost by 627 votes.   She is the vice chair of the Madison Republican organization.

She works for a politically-connected Somerset County law firm headed by Murray Bevan, a longtime lobbyist who worked as an assistant counsel to Gov. Tom Kean and as chief of staff to Christine Todd Whitman when she was president of the new Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

Madison Republican municipal chairman Joe Falco confirmed that Dailey plans to run for Surrogate and praised her intellect and ability.

“She is an extremely bright young woman,” Falco said.  “She’s very, very smart and very, very organized.

He said that Daily “has the pathos and the hear” to serve as surrogate.

Falco noted that his organization does not endorse candidates in Republican primaries.

“I would give her all my best wishes and blessings,” Falco said.  “She’s one of ours.”

The incumbent, John Pecoraro, is retiring after 25 years in office.

Darling entered the race last Saturday.

The presence of a third candidate in the race likely helps Carroll, who is giving up his 25th district Assembly seat after twelve terms.

Michael Thompson, a trusts and estates attorney from Mendham, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Morris County Surrogate.

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