Pledging to re-prioritize spending and increase transparency in county government, Thomas “T.C.” McCourt announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Morris County Commissioner.
McCourt is seeking to end a 48-year Republican winning streak in countywide elections in a county that went for Joe Biden and Cory Booker in 2020 but then returned back to the GOP by returning Tayfun Selen to the Board of Commissioners.
“Our county government has been under one-party rule for nearly 50 years,” McCourt said. “This has left an entire generation of ideas devoid of representation, tens of thousands of voices silenced, and countless issues ignored. I think I speak for many when I say that it’s time for a change.”
A Dover planning board member, McCourt serves on the Morris County Heritage Commission and is the outreach coordinator for the Morris County Young Democrats. He also co-founded the county party organization’s LGBTQA+ Caucus.
McCourt is the first Democrat to formally enter the race. He told the New Jersey Globe that he intends to seek the organization line to run in the June primary.
Three Republican incumbents – Deborah Smith, John Krickus and Stephen Shaw – are seeking re-election this fall. So far, they have no opposition in the GOP primary.
This is McCourt’s second bid for public office.
In 2019, he ran for Dover Alderman as an independent on a slate headed by incumbent Mayor James P. Dodd. Dodd, a Democrat, had lost party support for re-election and lost his re-election bid as an independent to Carolyn Blackman.
McCourt lost by 40 votes, 52.5% to 47.3%, to Democrat Jessica Alonso Cruz in Dover’s First Ward.
“When I ran for Alderman in 2019, I learned a lot. Most importantly, I learned how to listen,” he said. “Above all, we need a Board of Commissioners that hears our residents. All of our residents.”
He grew up as the son of a police officer and worked in state government in Virginia before moving to New Jersey.
McCourt has also proposed the creation of a Morris County Department of Economic Development to attract “the jobs of our future.”
“All of this work, civic and political, has shown me one thing – we must raise our voices to implement the change we seek,” said McCourt. “Being quiet and just hoping for things to change on their own won’t cut it. We must open our eyes to the problems our county faces and fix them. Now.”