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Morris County GOP Chairwoman Laura Ali. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Ali to seek full term as Morris GOP chair

Acting chair has led the party since DeFilippis stepped down in November

By Nikita Biryukov, February 04 2020 11:07 am

Acting Morris County GOP Chairwoman Laura Ali will seek to make her position permanent.

“I’m going to run, and I’m going to win,” she told the New Jersey Globe.

Ali took head of the county party in November after Morris County Republican Chairman Ron DeFilippis stepped away from the organization, citing health issues.

She has since presided over two special conventions to fill seats in the legislature and on the county’s board of chosen freeholders.

DeFilippis narrowly won control of the party in June 2018, eking out a four-vote victory with Ali as his running mate.

Much of his first year as chairman was consumed by controversy over the party’s use of its dwindling resources.

Later, he feuded with Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo, who raised funds outside of the party apparatus and called on DeFilippis and his leadership team to resign.

DeFilippis is not expected to seek re-election.

Ali is the only candidate so far to announce her interest in the seat, though Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino in November told the New Jersey Globe he was considering a run to lead the Morris County GOP.

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