MORRISTOWN — Conservative Republican Freeholders John Krickus and David Scapicchio announced they will seek reelection, on Monday, March 30, and will run with Councilwoman Deborah Smith of Denville in the June Republican primary for three seats on the Morris County Freeholder Board. The team held a kick-off event at The Grand Cafe, Morristown, to a crowded room of supporters.
The “Morris Conservative Team” will run on their record of three straight years of no tax increases, reducing county debt by $30 million, ending taxpayer-funded health benefits for county politicians, opposing the secretive solar bailout with taxpayer money and doubling county road paving projects.
“We set a fiscally conservative course for the county with no tax increases in our first three years,” commented Freeholder David Scapicchio of Mt Olive, “While also focusing on essential needs such as improving infrastructure. As liaison to the road department and Chair of the Capital Committee, I led the effort to double the miles of county roads that were repaved, while reducing debt by $30 million.” Scapicchio noted that in both 2014 and 2015, thirty-two miles of county roads will be repaved versus the previous 5-year average of just seventeen miles.
“I am proud to have not voted for a single dollar of tax increases in my first three years, and ended the wasteful political perk of giving Freeholder taxpayer-funded health benefits,” observed Freeholder John Krickus, “As a budget committee member we froze spending and improved efficiencies. We not only provided all of the essential services Morris County property taxpayers expect, but we fully funded our non-profits making up for reduced state aid.”
Councilwoman Deborah Smith of Denville has served 20 years in local government, including two as the Council’s President. Under her leadership, Denville can boast of the 5th lowest municipal tax per person out of 39 Morris County municipalities. “I have a proven track record of fiscal responsibility, twenty-five years of managerial experience in the private sector, and will never be afraid to speak my mind,” stated Councilwoman Smith, “I look forward to running with Freeholders Krickus and Scapicchio and applying my many years public service and private sector experience to all of the residents of Morris County.”
Freeholder Scapicchio owns Scapicchio & Sons, a family-run construction company based in Whippany. A resident of Morris County for more than 36 years, he is serving his first 3-year term as Freeholder, and was Deputy Director in 2013 and 2014. Scapicchio is a former Mayor and Councilman in Mount Olive. He and his wife Betsy are married for 38 years with four daughters
Freeholder Krickus served in the Marine Corps Reserves at Picatinny Arsenal. A lifelong resident of Morris County, he was raised in Madison and lives in Long Valley. Serving first term as Freeholder, Krickus served on the Budget Committee. He is a former Mayor and Committeeman in Washington Township. Krickus earned his B.A. from Drew University, his M.B.A. from Lehigh University, and is a C.P.A. He and his wife Carolyn have two daughters. His wife and both daughters are volunteer EMT’s.
Councilwoman Smith is a National Rifle Association Training Counselor and Patron, and a strong 2nd Amendment defender. She has lived in Denville since 1991 with her husband Steven, a small business owner in Randolph. She was a Key Accounts Manager for a Fortune 500 company in Parsippany, retiring after 25 years. She has volunteered for, among others, the Denville Historical Society and St. Clare’s Harvest Festival, and serves as Liaison to Denville’s Seniors. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Counseling from Long Island University, and her Certified Financial Planner credentials from Adelphi University.