Former Parsippany Mayor James Barberio defeated former Councilman Louis Valori for the GOP nod to challenge Democratic Mayor Michael Soriano, beating his onetime running mate 2,275-2,013.
Barberio was ousted by Soriano in 2017, the same year Valori lost his own re-election race.
Valori running mate Justin Musella, the Morris County Young Republicans Chairman, is in a narrow first with 1,763. That puts him five votes ahead of School Board President Frank Neglia, who ran with Barberio.
Gary Martin is in third with 1,629 votes. He ran on Valori’s slate, and School Board Member Deborah Orme, who ran with Barberio, has 1,485 votes, while outside candidate Robert Peluso has 1,269.
Valori and his slate had the Morris County line, while Barberio’s team bracketed with Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsipanny), whom the Morris County Republican Committee passed over in favor of former Pompton Lakes Councilman Christian Barranco this year.
Parsippany Economic Development Advisory Committee member Thomas Williams mounted his own off-the-line campaign.