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Deb Smith, John Krickus & Hank Lyon to run on joint ticket for Morris County Freeholder

Montville resident and Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon runs in June primary for the NJ Assembly. Credits: Gail Bottone
Freeholder Deb Smith Credits: Morris County Government

Trio will be the clear choice for Morris County Republicans in June

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Contact: Deb Smith

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April 2, 2018 – Incumbent Freeholder Deb Smith of Denville, John Krickus of Washington Township and Hank Lyon of Montville announced they will be running as a team for the three Freeholder positions on the June primary ballot.

“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 Lyon in a joint statement.  “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, Krickus and Lyon all bring solid private sector know-how to county government.  

Freeholder Smith was a career sales executive with Dun & Bradstreet and her husband Steven owns a small business in Randolph.  Deb graduated from Long Island University with a bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s in counseling.  Prior to her election to the Freeholder Board in 2015, Deb served on the Denville Council and as Council President.

Krickus, a former CPA, is currently a product manager for Business Information Services.  John served in the Marine Corps Reserves, graduated from Drew University, and earned an MBA from Lehigh University.  John lives with his wife Carolyn, and two daughters in Long Valley where he served as Mayor and Committeeman, followed by three years on the Freeholder Board.

Lyon works in his family's restaurant and real estate business.  A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Hank majored in physics and economics, and expects to receive his master’s in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania in July.  Hank resides in Towaco and has served 6 years on the Freeholder Board.


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