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Scapicchio not running for freeholder; Pequannock councilwoman being encouraged to run

Special election convention next year to replace Heather Darling

By David Wildstein, December 13 2019 12:11 pm

A special election convention to fill a soon-to-be open seat on the Morris County Board of Freeholders is expected to face some adjustments over the next week or so.

Former Freeholder David Scapicchio, who had indicated last summer that he would seek to party support to succeed Heather Darling, is expected to withdraw from the race for family reasons, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Pequannock Councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch is now mulling a bid for the seat and has been encouraged to enter the race.

Former Freeholder John Cesaro is also seeking a return to the freeholder board after losing renomination in the 2018 GOP primary.

Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen is also seeking the seat.

The incumbent, Heather Darling, will resign next month to become the Morris County Surrogate.

Darling was elected freeholder in 2017 and her seat is up next year.

The winner of the special election convention will serve the remaining year of Darling’s term.

The interim choice will still need to face a June primary and the November general election.

Cesaro is expected to be named Rockaway Township municipal prosecutor when the council reorganizes in January.

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