Aura Kenny Dunn, a top aide to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, will seek the Republican nomination for Morris County Freeholder. She will file her nominating petitions today in Morristown.
House Ethics rules require staffers to get the consent of the employing Member of Congress to run for office and remain in their position. Sources say that Frelinghuysen has given his consent, which is not considered an endorsement. Dunn will not be permitted to work on her campaign during business hours.
The Mendham resident joined Frelinghuysen’s staff in 2016 after a career in government and public affairs. She worked for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee under Sen. Arlen Specter and worked as a public affairs executive for Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, as well as for higher education institutions and technology and telecommunications companies. After relocating to New Jersey, a decade ago, Dunn worked for
Au Pair in America, advocating for local families and caregivers through the Education and Cultural Affairs program at the U.S. Department of State.
“As Freeholder, you can count on me to continue to follow my passion to advocate for our communities and help others with dignity,” Dunn said. “My broad base of knowledge and understanding of public policymaking is just what the Board of Chosen Freeholders needs. I will implement sensible, efficient reforms that leave a positive impact on the county.”
Dunn says she will promote economic growth, improve quality of life, and lead through good governance as she seeks to restore “civility and discipline to the process.”
“We have much to be proud of in Morris County. However, challenges lie ahead,” said Dunn, who called Morris County a picturesque, crown jewel of New Jersey. “Together, we will find the solutions that truly make the difference.”