Video: Morristown mayoral candidates, in their own words; and a neutral ‘endorsement’ from the fire house



The challenger says the incumbent is corrupt. The incumbent says it’s a smear job.

One more day until Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and challenger Esperanza Porras-Field settle this in the Democratic primary, on June 8, 2021.

Scroll down for videos of the candidates’ pitches. And read our profile of them here.

Endorsements — from top elected officials to cops on the beat — have been trumpeted in this race. Over the weekend, another one was noteworthy: A neutral endorsement–a non-endorsement, if you will–from the town’s career firefighters.

FMBA Local 43 President Peter Dwyer wished to “clarify that our union remains neutral.”

The chapter represents 25 firemen. Dwyer issued the statement in response to an endorsement for the mayor by the union representing four fire captains and the fire marshal.

“Our primary role as Firefighters / EMTs is the safety of our residents and members,” Dwyer stated.

Firefighters pack up after kitchen fire at the Hyatt Regency Morristown, Sept. 9, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“As a union, we all continue to work towards providing adequate staffing, making sure that the front line apparatus is safe, reliable and able to respond to all emergencies, and lastly to ensure that appropriate training and the tools necessary to properly perform our duties for a safer community are always available.

“Regardless of the outcome of any election, we will continue to proudly serve all those who live, visit and work in Morristown.”

Now, to the videos:

Esperanza Porras-Field accuses the mayor of corruption:


The mayor accuses his opponent of a ‘smear campaign.’ NOTE: He would not take questions about a state investigation that resulted in probation for his wife.

The challenger makes her pitch for the mayoralty:

The mayor makes his pitch for a fourth term:

A short bio by the challenger:

A short bio by the mayor:

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