Morris County Freeholder Deborah Smith will run on a slate with two former freeholders, John Krickus and Hank Lyon. The three announced their candidacies in a statement released this afternoon. The Smith-Krickus-Lyon ticket was first reported by the New Jersey Globe last week.
Freeholder John Cesaro is expected to run for re-election. Another incumbent, Christine Myers, is not seeking a second term.
Aura Dunn, the district director for Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, announced her candidacy this morning.
“Morris County is no longer ‘safe’ for Republicans in a general election, which is why it’s imperative that our party nominates the strongest team of fiscally conservative candidates for Freeholder in June,” said Smith, Krickus and said. “Our team has a proven track record of delivering three years of no county property tax increases, and a near zero in the just passed county budget. While keeping taxes down, the Smith-Krickus-Lyon team has also made it a priority to invest in law enforcement, higher education, open space and infrastructure. We have reduced county debt by over $50 million and maintained a rare triple AAA credit rating. With liberal Phil Murphy and an all-Democrat, tax and spend legislature in Trenton, it is critical that a strong, conservative check and balance exists on the Morris County Freeholder Board. There is no question that a Smith-Krickus-Lyon team will be just that.”
Smith, a former Denville Councilwoman, was elected Freeholder in 2015. Krickus lost his bid for re-election that year, and Lyon gave up his seat in 2017 to run for the State Assembly.