Sarah Neibart, who had served as deputy campaign manager of Bob Hugin’s U.S. Senate campaign, was elected to a full term on the Mendham Township Committee on Tuesday, holding off a Democratic challenger by 209 votes.
Republicans took both seats in Mendham Township, one year after Democrat Amalia Duarte won locally. Neibart (1,368) and Nick Monaghan (1,399) defeated Democrats Patricia O’Brien (1,159) and Brenda Grant (1,148).
Getting ready to begin what will technically be her second term, Neibart could emerge next year as a candidate for the 25th district State Assembly seat of Michael Patrick Carroll. Carroll has said he would not seek re-election.
Neibart was appointed to the township committee earlier this year following the resignation of Rick Blood. Blood quit after a controversial Facebook post comparing immigrants to raccoons became a major thing. He apologized, but he couldn’t withstand the fallout and resigned the day it became an issue.
The 25-year-old political operative, who worked on Chris Christie’s campaign for president and then managed Rep. Scott Garrett’s re-election bid in 2016.
In Mendham Boro, Republican Christine Serrano-Glassner was elected mayor. She defeated Democrat Mark Washburne with 61% of the vote.
A councilwoman, she is married to Michael Glassner, who is running President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.