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Mendham Twp.’s Neibart, Myers win GOP June Commissioner primary line

March 8, 2022

Observer-Tribune

MENDHAM TWP. –Township Committeewoman Sarah Neibart was among a trio of Republican Morris County Commissioner candidates, who on Friday, March 4 were given the coveted June Republican primary ticket line.

Also getting the line at the county Republican convention were former Morris County Commissioner and township resident Christine Myers and Commissioner Doug Cabana of Boonton Township, who was the top vote-getter with 390 votes. Myers garnered 386 votes, Neibart, 336, incumbent Thomas Mastrangelo of Montville Township, 261, and Pequannock Mayor Melissa Florance-Lynch, 233.

The selections are considered an upset for Mastrangelo, who is serving his fourth, three-year term on the board, having first been elected in November 2010. He, along with Cabana and Florance-Lynch, were running as a ticket. Republican incumbent Kathy DeFillippo of Roxbury Township is not seeking re-election.

Three, three-year seats open up on the county dais this year, the seats now occupied by Cabana, Mastrangelo and DeFillippo.

On Monday, the 29-year-old Neibart – who in November was re-elected to the Township Committee for a second, three-year term – said she was “truly honored to run on the Republican line” to represent the county’s 500,000-plus residents.

“I look forward to bringing my conservative, results-oriented leadership and track record to the Board of Commissioners to tackle the big challenges facing Morris County,” she said.

Neibart already has the endorsements of three Commissioners with whom she would share the dais if elected in November. They are Deputy Commissioners John Krickus of Washington Township, Deborah Smith of Denville, and Stephen Shaw of Mountain Lakes.

Neibart was originally appointed to the Township Committee in 2018. She served two consecutive one-year terms as mayor in 2020 and 2021. She announced her intention for run for Commissioner in January.

In her statement announcing her county candidacy, Neibart said that, “As a lifelong Morris County resident and active community first responder, I could not be more excited to run for Morris County Commissioner.”

Neibart, who in 2018 founded Citizens for Accountable Taxation (CAT), an organization focused on educating New Jersey residents on property taxes, further suggested her platform will be one of tax stability.

“Not only have I never voted for a tax increase, but we actually cut taxes in Mendham Township when I was mayor. It’s that kind of taxpayer-first, conservative policies and results that I will bring to the Board of Commissioners,” she said.

She also suggested her election might inject the county board with a more youthful approach. “I will bring the perspective of a new generation and a proven record of leadership and community service,” she said.

This is Neibart’s second bid for political office outside of the township. During a special GOP convention held in November 2019 she went for, but failed to get, the unexpired term of then-Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, R-Morris when he was appointed to fill the state Senate vacancy created by the death of Bucco’s father, Anthony R. Bucco. Winning the nomination at that time was another Mendham Township resident, Aura Dunn, who was subsequently elected to serve the remaining year in Bucco’s term, then was elected to her first, full term in 2021.

Neibart serves as a volunteer firefighter, the Deputy Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management, and is an active volunteer in the township’s recreation programming.

She is also part of many organizations and nonprofits throughout Morris County and the state and is a contractor focused on technology and security initiatives. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Taxation Policy at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.’

Myers, meanwhile, on Monday said she was excited to return to a job she loved at what she saw was a critical time.

“We need strong leadership and good governance in the years to come,” she said.

Myers served on what was then known as the Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2016 – 2018 before being appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. While there she was responsible or Region Two, which includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Previously, Myers said that, if elected, her priorities will be to hold the line on taxes, economic development, and implementation of all facets of the county’s Strategic Plan, which she was instrumental in developing before she left county government in 2018.