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Parsippany elects second female Fire Commissioner

PARSIPPANY — In a heated race for Lake Parsippany Fire District 3 Commissioners, Matt Topolewski and Jenn Sikora won. The incumbents, Commissioner John Butkus and Commissioner Clarence Ricker, serving Lake Parsippany for approximately 25 years finished third and fourth place, according to unofficial results. Jenn will be the first female commissioner in Lake Parsippany Fire District 3.

“The current board of commissioners have held office for over 20 years, and it is long past time for some new perspectives. The emergency services industry is quickly evolving and we need to have a more progressive governing body to allow the Lake Parsippany Fire Department to keep up with the ever changing hazards they may face,” said Jennifer Sikora.

The unofficial results are:

Matt Topolewski 174
Jennifer Sikora 165
Clarence Ricker 150
John Butkas 136

Note: Write in votes are not included in the above results.

Matt said “Having been a member of the fire company for the past 13 years and seeing how the incumbent commissioners have used their influence to push their own agendas while delaying to provide basic safety equipment for our volunteer firefighters, I decided that it was time for a change.”

Former Mayor James Barberio supported the Butkus-Ricker team, by posting endorsements on his “Mayor James R. Barberio” Facebook page. Readers informed Parsippany Focus that the former Mayor also did robo calls to Lake Parsippany residents supporting the two.

When results are available in other districts Parsippany Focus will include the results.

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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