ROXBURY, NJ – Morris County Freeholder Heather Darling, a Roxbury lawyer, on Tuesday narrowly defeated state Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll for the Republican nomination to run for county surrogate.
She will face-off against Democrat Michael Thompson in November.
Another Roxbury woman, Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, also emerged a winner after votes were counted in the primary.
DeFillippo is the wife of Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo. She and fellow incumbent GOP freeholders Douglas Cabana and Thomas Mastrangelo rebuffed challenges by Donald Dinsmore, William Felegi and Catherine Winterfield in the primary.
Cara Parmigiani, Cary Amaro and David Timpanaro will be the Democrats challenging DeFillippo, Cabana and Mastrangelo in November. The Democrats ran unopposed.
Republican State Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, (R-25th Dist.), a Boonton resident who serves as Roxbury’s township counsel, won his primary bid. The other GOP nomination went to Brian Bergen.
Bucco and Bergen will face two Democratic women in November: Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger, both of whom ran unopposed in the primary.
There were no contested races at the local level; Roxbury Township Council members Fred Hall, Richard Zoschak, Jaki Albrecht and Dan Kline (the sole Democrat on the panel) will all be on the November ballot seeking re-election to 4-year terms.
Kline will face a challenge by Republican Thomas Carey. Zoschak will face a November challenge by Democrat Keith Griffin. Albrecht will face a November challenge by Democrat Corine Borrero and Hall will face a November challenge by Democrat Brian Considine.
The mood at Bucco’s campaign headquarters Tuesday night was a mixture of joy and caution. He, DeFillippo and Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, a Republican who will face Democrat William Schievella in November, said they know the demographics of Morris County – for many years a GOP super-stronghold – are changing.
Darling could not be reached for comment. Her battle against Carroll was described as a “horse race” by those watching the vote tallies being reported. It appeared Carroll – who decided to run for surrogate instead of seeking another term in the Assembly – was going to win the primary, but Darling ended up beating him by about 500 votes.
With 395 of the county’s 396 districts reporting as of midnight, the unofficial results showed Darling with 9,630 votes to Carroll’s 9,088. The unofficial results, however, do not include mail-in and provisional ballots.
Of Morris County’s 357,768 registered voters, 39,026 went to the polls for the primary, about 10.9 percent.
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