Two more Republicans have entered the race for a vacant seat on the Morris County Board of Freeholders, bringing the current field to six candidates who will face off at a February 1 special election convention.
Former two-term Madison Councilman Rob Catalanello and Thomas J. DeLorenzo, a GOP county committeeman from Parsippany, have now entered the race for the seat of Heather Darling. She resigned early this month to become the Morris County Surrogate.
Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen, Pequannock Councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch, former Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb, and former Pompton Lakes Councilman Christian Barranco are in the race to succeed Darling.
Catalanello challenged Democratic mayor Robert Conley in 2019 and received 39% of the vote.
DeLorenzo is a political ally of Parsippany Republican Municipal Chairman Louis Valori and is viewed as a replacement candidate for former freeholder John Cesaro.
Cesaro had been actively seeking Darling’s seat, but appears to have dropped his interest after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal charged him last month with accepting a bribe from a cooperating witness, attorney Matthew O’Donnell.