Rose, Lazzaro win freeholder primaries


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By the numbers

FreeholderJonathan Rose - 4,234
Gary Larson - 3,716
Dennis Mudrick - 3,713
Carl Lazzaro - 4,274
Write-in - 79
Assembly, District 24F. Parker Space – 8,739
Gail Phoebus – 8,213
Nathan Orr – 2,556
Marie Bilik – 2,462
Editor's note - winners in bold


By Nathan Mayberg

— A contentious Republican Party primary drew to a close Tuesday night when candidates who had spoken out against a multi-million dollar settlement of the county's solar panel project were elected.

Republican Dennis Mudrick appeared to lose his seat on the Board of Chosen Freeholders as Sussex Borough Mayor Jonathan Rose and Fredon Mayor Carl Lazzaro captured 53 percent of the vote.

Lazzaro and Rose had spoke out forcefully against the solar project and settlement.

Lazzaro made an impassioned speech against the company, SunLight General Capital, which had gone insolvent leaving the county responsible for approximately $27 million in debt.

"I'm ecstatic and I'm excited," Lazzaro said on Tuesday night after the election results were posted,

"I think it's a great win for both Jonathan and myself," Lazzaro said. "We hope to make a positive effect on the county."

Lazzaro and Rose will face at least one other candidate in November in Harvey Roseff, who has written in-depth letters to the editor, criticizing the solar panel project and the multi-million dollar settlement, describing the project as a scheme that benefited Wall Street and certain consultants.

AssemblyAssemblyman Parker Space will be on the ballot this November on the Republican Party line along with Freeholder Gail Phoebus, who vacated her freeholder seat, for two open Assembly seats.

The two ran as a team, defeating Marie Bilik and Nathan Orr in lopsided fashion with 77 percent of the vote between them in Sussex County.

Space voted in favor of the solar project as a freeholder back in 2011 at its inception, though he has since been critical of the settlement.

Phoebus and Space will face Democrats Michael Grace and Jacqueline Staple and independent candidate Kenneth Collins in November's election for the District 24 seats, which includes all of Sussex County, and parts of Morris County and Warren Counties.

The contest will determine who fills the seat of Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, as well as whether Space holds his seat.




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