Former Frelinghuysen Staffer Selected to Fill Assembly Vacancy

Republican Aura Dunn has been selected to fill the 25th District Assembly seat that was vacated by now state Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) when he was selected to fill the Senate vacancy resulting from his father Sen. Anthony R. Bucco’s unexpectedly passing earlier this fall.

It was a crowded field with six candidates at the special convention Thursday evening in Randolph. Dunn prevailed on the first ballot with 74% of the vote.

Dunn was endorsed by three of the seven Morris freeholders and former Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, for whom she served as a staffer heading up his district office before his retirement from Congress.

Dunn will be sworn in on Monday to a seven-week term, after which the Republican committee will convene again to select someone to serve until the 2020 general election. If she wins the second special district convention and the 2020 special primary and general elections, she will run for re-election to a full, two-year term in 2021.

In addition to serving as Frelinghuysen’s key liaison in the 11th Congressional District, Dunn is a former U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee staffer and was a government affairs executive for the PBS television shows Sesame Street and Mister Rogers Neighborhood. She has served on a number of civic and community boards including Morris Habitat for Humanity, Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board of Morris County, Mendham Borough Planning Board and Certified Domestic Violence Crisis Response Team.