MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Thursday, May 30 th , the Morris County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a forum at Town Hall. The candidates for Sheriff, County Surrogate, Freeholder, and State Assembly each gave a brief summary of their background and why they are running.

James Gannon (Republican) and William Shievella (Democrat) are running for the Sheriff position. Both candidates plan to use their experience in law enforcement and rehabilitation to reduce crime and make criminals productive members of society.

Heather Darling (Republican) and Michael Thompson (Democrat) emphasized the importance of the County Surrogate position. Despite the significance of a surrogate, Darling feels that the role is largely unknown to the public. Darling plans to reach out to the community and let people know of the various services that a surrogate officer provides including appointing guardians and granting adoptions.

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Cara Parmigiani (Democrat) spoke about her interest in being a member of the Board of Hosen Freeholders. A long-time resident of Morris County, Parmigiani has represented numerous women, children, and families in court. If elected, Parmigiani plans to ensure that people have access to such services as a proper defense.

Republican, Aura Dunn and Democrats, Darcy Dreager and Lisa Bhimani, who are running together, hope to be a member of the State Assembly in the 25th Legislative District. Involved with both Habitat for Humanity and the Crisis Response Team, Dunn will advocate for safer schools. With friends and family who are unable to get health insurance, Dreager and Bhimani want to ensure that the public has access to quality and affordable health care.

Democrat, Christine Clarke, is running for State Assembly in the 26th District. An environmental advocate, Clarke wants clean energy jobs and a renewable source of power.

All of the candidates were grateful to all who came to the forum. The large turnout is proof of the passion the people of Morristown have for their community.

The primarily election is on June 4 th and the general election is on November 5.