Ron DeFilippis has announced his slate of candidates in his bid for Morris County Republican Chairman, including Laura Ali, a controversial former Assembly candidate who spent five months on the Chatham Township Committee in 2012.
DeFilippis has also announced that if he wins, State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) will be the executive director of the Morris County Republican Committee and Craig Heard will take over his current post as finance chairman.
The team also marks the return of former Assemblyman Guy Gregg, who gave up his seat in 2007 to challenge Steven Oroho in the GOP State Senate primary. Gregg seeking the post of Sergeant-At-Arms.
Denville attorney Peter King is DeFilippis’ candidate for counsel. The incumbent, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, is seeking re-election on a ticket with Rob Zwigard.
Also on the ticket: Robert Cascone for treasurer, Stephanie Sharratt for recording secretary, and Nicholas DeGregorio for corresponding secretary.
DeFilippis has faced criticism for his failures as finance chairman, including an event last February at Trump National that paid Fox news personality Greg Gutfeld $30,000 to speak.
Ali lost Republican primaries in Chatham in 2011 and 2012. She finished fourth as an Assembly candidate in 2013, losing to incumbent John McKeon (D-West Orange) by 5,822 votes, even as Republican Gov. Chris Christie was winning the 27th district by a wide margin.
The county GOP organization will meet on June 12 to elect a new county chairman. Incumbent Patti Page is not a candidate. Nearly four out of ten county committee seats (37%) have no candidates running in the June 5 primary to fill them.