Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall, a powerhouse in Republican politics in the county for decades, endorsed former Parsippany Councilman Jim Vigilante as the candidate she hopes will succeed her, according to an article in the Daily Record.
Vigilante is among five candidates hoping to claim the GOP nomination in the June 4 primary election. The winner will run in the November general election against Butler resident Terry O’Connor Redwine, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Bramhall, a former county freeholder and county Republican chairwoman, is retiring this year at the end of her third, five-year term as county clerk.
“I have waited, until this time, in order to listen to each of the candidates individually and to evaluate their approach to the position of county clerk,” Bramhall said in a statement. She added that she is concerned for her staff of 36 people and believes Vigilante has the temperament, knowledge and personality to adeptly manage the office.
“Jim Vigilante has the experience and the qualities to govern the Clerk’s office. He understands the financial challenges faced by the county residents as well as those being faced by military families,” Bramhall said of Vigilante, who is a long-time U.S. Air Force reservist.
“He will be able to work amiably with the freeholder board and will appreciate and work very well with the excellent staff I leave behind,” Bramhall said.
The other Republican candidates are Ann Grossi, a freeholder and former Parsippany councilwoman; Chester resident Laurie Bogaard, a real estate attorney; Zbigniew Nowacki, a Denville resident and accountant in the county Treasurer’s Office; and Michael Sanchelli, a Jefferson councilman and inspector for the county Department of Public Works.