Legislative District 25

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 25th District encompasses 21 communities in Morris and Somerset counties: Bernardsville, Boonton Borough and Boonton Township, Chester Borough and Chester Township, Denville, Dover, Mendham Borough and Mendham Township, Mine Hill, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Randolph, Rockaway, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, Washington, and Wharton.

In what has long been a solidly Republican district, more than one-third of voters are registered with the GOP, 29% as Democrats, and most of the rest are unaffiliated.

Longtime conservative Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll is retiring. Following a contested primary, the other incumbent, Anthony M. Bucco, a lawyer and former Boonton Board of Education member, and Brian Bergen of Denville are the two GOP candidates.

With an open seat and a seeming change in the political climate in Morris County, the Democrats see an opening for a potential win. Running as Democrats are Lisa Bhimani of Mendham Township, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate two years ago, and Darcy Draeger of Chester.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

ANTHONY M. BUCCO: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Boonton

Occupation: Attorney

Top three issues: Lowering property taxes; restoring school funding; keeping our schools and communities safe.

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BRIAN BERGEN: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Denville

Occupation: Small business owner

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LISA BHIMANI: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Mendham Township

Occupation: Ob/gyn doctor

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DARCY DRAEGER: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Chester

Occupation: Mother, farmer, former analyst

Top three issues: Addressing New Jersey’s affordability crisis; tax reform; healthcare.

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