Morristown mayor to seek second term, with slate of three council incumbents

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No surprises here–as he indicated last year, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty will seek a second four-year term.

The Democrat’s slate will include Council members Michelle Dupree Harris and Kevin Gsell, who ran with him in 2009, and Toshiba Foster, who was appointed last year to replace the late Anthony Cattano Jr.

Here’s the official announcement:

FROM MAYOR TIM DOUGHERTY

Morristown, NJ: Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty along with at-large Council President Michelle Dupree Harris and at-large council members Kevin Gsell and Toshiba Foster announced plans today to seek re-election as a ‘united team’ in the June 4 Democratic primary.

Morristown Council President Michelle Dupree Harris and Mayor Tim Dougherty at 2012 interfaith breakfast. They are part of Democratic slate seeking re-election. Sharon Sheridan photo

Dougherty stated: “We plan to run a vigorous, positive and issue oriented campaign that will address the concerns of the town residents and we also intend to highlight our successful terms in office. Dougherty further stated, “our team offers diversity and experience for our town residents,”

Mayor Dougherty is completing his first term as Mayor of Morristown. He is a former at-large Councilman and served as Chairman of the Board of Adjustment as well as two-terms as Chairman of the Morristown Democratic Committee.

Councilwoman at-large and Council President Michelle Dupree Harris, a St. Elizabeth College Alumnus, holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Dupree-Harris is seeking her fourth term.

Kevin Gsell, who has a background in Information Technology, serves as council liaison to the Morristown Housing and Parking Authority. Toshiba Foster, a life-long Morristown resident, is a former Planning Board member and a mother of two daughters. Foster has 15 years experience in Human Resources. They are first term at-large council members.

“Working together for the people of Morristown clearly works and we intend to run as a united team, ” the township officials said in a joint statement.

The Democratic team stated that their platform and record in office highlights the issues of transparency in government, stable taxes, smart development, improved vacancy rates in the business district, upgrades to the police force and the township master plan.

The Mayor went on to say: “We are a team that works hard for our community by addressing its citizens concerns and issues head on. Over the next four years, we will continue to bring our community together and work tirelessly to ensure an efficient, transparent government that balances the necessary growth with the uniquely small town charm that is Morristown.”

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