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Two GOP freeholders endorse Florance-Lynch

Cabana, DeFillippo back Pequannock councilwoman for Darling’s seat

By David Wildstein, January 29 2020 12:31 pm

Two Morris County freeholders are backing Pequannock councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch for an open freeholder seat.

Doug Cabana and Kathy DeFillippo said today that they will back Florance-Lynch at a special election convention on Saturday to replace her.

“Melissa has shown excellent leadership as a Councilwoman and Mayor in Pequannock over the last ten years,” Cabana said.  “Melissa has consistently place good government ahead of politics. She will be a great addition to the Freeholder Board if elected.”

Florance-Lynch is one of five Republicans vying to replace Heather Darling, who resigned earlier this month to become the Morris County Surrogate.

Chatham Township mayor Tayfun Selen, former Morristown councilwoman Alison Deeb, former Pompton Lakes councilman Christian Barranco, and former Long Hill township committeeman Bruce Meringolo are also seeking the seat.

Two other candidates dropped out of the race this week.

“I know what Melissa has been able to do in Pequannock as a Mayor and Councilwoman. Melissa’s dedication to controlling taxes and responsible budgets is not just rhetoric,” DeFilippo said.  “Her record is proof of her commitment.”

Correction: an earlier version of this story included former Madison councilman Rob Catalanello as a freeholder candidate.  He has withdrawn.

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