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Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty. (Photo: Facebook.)

Dougherty defeats primary challenge in Morristown

By Nikita Biryukov, June 08 2021 10:20 pm

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty defeated Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Founder Esperanza Porras-Field Tuesday.

The challenger’s campaign featured attacks at Dougherty over “unethical” behavior. The mayor’s wife, Mary, was among those charged with bribery in a state sting related to Morristown’s then-special counsel Matt O’Donnell.

Mary Dougherty was sentenced to one year of probation in March after pleading down to falsifying a campaign finance report.

Dougherty had a spot on the Morris County line. His running mates, Council members at-large Toshiba Foster and David Silva were unopposed, as was Morristown Housing Authority Commissioner Nathan Umbriac, who joined the incumbents on the line.

Porras-Field did not run any council candidates.

The challenger faced her own political troubles after a Morristown police officer let her daughter into Town Hall to drop off nominating petitions on the night of April 5, after the 4 p.m. deadline to file the documents had passed.

Porras-Field sought a council seat on a ticket headed by former Council President Michelle Dupree Harris in 2017. She lost that contest, and it wasn’t particularly close.

No Republicans filed to run for local office in Morristown this year.

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