The northernmost legislative district in the state, the 24th covers 36 communities in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties: Allamuchy, Andover Borough and Andover Township, Belvidere, Blairstown, Branchville, Byram, Frankford, Franklin (Warren), Fredon, Frelinghuysen, Green, Hamburg, Hampton, Hardwick, Hardyston, Hopatcong, Hope, Independence, Knowlton, Lafayette, Liberty, Montague, Mount Olive, Newton, Ogdensburg, Oxford, Sandyston, Sparta, Stanhope, Stillwater, Sussex, Vernon, Walpack, Wantage and White Township.
Among the “reddest” districts in the state, the 24th has 39 percent of its voters registered as Republicans, 17 percent as Democrats; almost all of the rest are unaffiliated.
The district is represented by three Republicans, all of whom are running for re-election. Sen. Steven Oroho, a financial planner from Franklin, is finishing his sixth year in the Senate. Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, also of Franklin, is the longest serving, having joined the lower house in 2003. Assemblyman Parker Space, of Wantage, the owner of Space Farms Zoo and Museum, joined the Assembly earlier this year.
Opposing them is a slate of Democrats. Running for the Senate seat is Richard Tomko, a school superintendent from Sparta for Senate. Susan Williams, of Sparta, who is a trained social worker, and William Weightman, of Stockholm, who recently retired from a job as an administrator with the state Department of Labor, are the Assembly candidates.
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