Kathy DeFillippo will not run for Morris County commissioner in 2022

Kathy DeFillippo will not be running for a fourth term on the Morris County Council of Commissioners.

The Roxbury resident said she made her decision after consulting with her family and longtime teammates Tom Mastrangelo and Doug Cabana, who are due to run again in 2022.

“I decided to take a step back from my elected office and focus on my growing family and other personal priorities,” DeFillippo said. “It was not an easy decision. Serving the people of Morris County on the Council of Commissioners has been a great honor.”

Kathy DeFillippo was selected as Director at the Morris County Independent Ownership Reorganization Annual Meeting on Friday January 2, 2015 at the Administration and Records Building in Morristown.

“Kathy will be sadly missed,” Mastrangelo and Cabana wrote in a statement. “Both as a good friend and as a colleague on the board. Her leadership, experience and vision cannot be overstated. Kathy is the gold standard for public service. We thank Kathy for her services and wish him only the best now and in the future. “

“I want to spend more time with my grandchildren,” she said.

First elected to the then independent board of directors in 2013, DeFillippo led the county board as director from 2015 to 2016. Prior to county office, she was elected to a post general in Roxbury Council and served eight years, including one year as mayor.

Morris County Free Owner Kathryn DeFillippo speaks at the first anniversary celebration of the Morris County Sheriff's Hope One Pickup Truck on Morristown Green.  Hope One is a mobile recovery access vehicle providing essential support to people living with addictions.  April 3, 2018. Morristown, New Jersey.

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Historically, DeFillippo will be remembered for being part of the first female majority to lead the Morris County Board of Directors, along with Christine Myers, Deborah Smith and Heather Darling.

“I am very proud to leave a legacy of strengthening the county’s social services, especially for the elderly, veterans and women and children in need,” said DeFillippo. “At the same time, we’ve also been successful in keeping taxes low, preserving open spaces, and ensuring Morris County remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

DeFillippo will continue to represent Morris County as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. “I have signed up for my term, which ends in 2022,” she said. “I think there are still things I can do.”

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