MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY — Republican Heather Darling defeated Democrat Rozella Clyde in Tuesday’s general election for the single available seat on the freeholder board.
The unofficial tallies showed 70,853 votes for Darling and 52,980 for Clyde. Nearly 40 percent of the county’s registered voters cast ballots – 138,868 out of 351,970 voters.
Both Darling, an attorney from Roxbury, and Clyde, a former educator who runs her own consulting company, waited for the results at a gathering hosted by county Clerk Ann Grossi at her office in Morristown. Their campaigns – markedly non-combative – highlighted a need to attract more businesses to Morris County to ease the tax burden on homeowners.
“I broke into the old boy’s network,” Darling said. She was referring to her victory in the June GOP primary when she defeated former Freeholder David Scapicchio, Harding Committeeman Nicolas Platt and newcomer Michael Crispi.
Darling said she appreciated Clyde’s good manners on the campaign trail though she believes Clyde lacks the depth of knowledge she has about Morris County.
“I’ve been here 43 years and I have a better understanding of the county and its needs. I grew up with the people here and played sports with them,” said Darling, a former body builder.