PARSIPPANY, NJ - It wasn't that long ago, that the decades long mantra of Morris County Republicans was to make it through the Primary election so that they could easily sail to victory at General Election time. Well those days are long gone, and Parsippany's Republican Chairman Lou Valori realized that early on.
"After our loss of the Mayorship back in 2017, I realized we had to do things vastly different. We needed to engage and unite all factions of the Republican party together to work towards one mission: Maintaining a majority on the Parsippany Council", Parsippany GOP Chairman Lou Valori said.
The Mayorship race Valori referred to was the 2017 General Election when incumbent Mayor Jamie Barberio narrowly lost to current Mayor Michael Soriano.
Although Parsippany has historically alternated between Democrat and Republican mayors, the Morris County seats of Sheriff, Surrogate and Freeholders have remained Republican — despite the contentious primary battles.
"Parsippany is at threat of becoming a Sanctuary city, skyrocketing taxes and special interest appointments. Our Republican team effectively communicated the need to combat this dangerous Michael Soriano agenda, and this effort also attracted Democrats and Independents, as well as Republicans.", Valori stated. "We unified and energized all Republicans and got help from our Assembly and Senate leaders - BettyLou DeCroce, Jay Webber. Senator Pennacchio, who was not even not running this cycle, did a robocall for the team.. Also, we couldn't have achieved victory without the help and the faith of the Morris County Republican Committee who helped us every step of the way."
The winning team of course is that of Michael dePierro, Paul Carifi jr and Loretta Gragnani. At the celebration event held at the Morris County Republican headquarters, all three thanked their campaign supporters, Senator Pennacchio, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber and his team. They also praised the Morris County Republican Committee who helped coordinate digital outreach, grass roots, media and operations.