Saying it’s time for fresh, new conservative leaders with deep roots in District 24, Sussex County Commissioner Dawn Fantasia and Chester Township Mayor Mike Inganamort today announced their intent to run as a ticket for State Assembly following the retirements of both Parker Space and Hal Wirths.
A native of Ogdensburg, Dawn Fantasia is serving in her second term on the Sussex County Board of Commissioners. She previously served on the Franklin Borough Council and as Council President, and is a member of the Sussex County Republican Committee.
"Northwest New Jersey faces unique challenges that the Murphy Administration consistently turns a blind eye to," said Fantasia. "The state's largest long-term care facility, its patients, and its staff – located in Sussex County – were criminally neglected by this administration during the pandemic, leading to scores of tragic deaths. Our rural schools receive inequitable funding, crippling our ability to mitigate learning loss directly caused by Murphy's Draconian lockdowns. The senseless delay in the implementation of the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy led to severe property damage, loss of pets and livestock, and attacks on humans. And now the Murphy Administration is flouting the Constitution to severely restrict our right to firearms to protect our homes and families. Assemblymen Space and Wirths have been courageous fighters for us. Mike and I are ready to carry the torch and protect who and what we love, and our special way of life in Sussex, Morris, and Warren Counties.”
A native of Sparta, Mike Inganamort is the mayor of Chester Township. He is in his sixth year on the Council and previously served as Council President. Inganamort was the Sussex County Republican Committee’s youngest elected member and is now the Chester Township Republican Municipal Chairman. He was a longtime aide to stalwart conservative Congressman Scott Garrett in Washington, DC and Newton, as well as his campaign manager.
“Our state government has lost touch with reality. As a mayor and taxpayer, I see how the cycle of tax, borrow, spend is gouging New Jerseyans and literally splitting families apart,” said Inganamort. “Growing up in Sussex County, Dawn and I saw first-hand that there is a better way. Cut taxes for every New Jersey family, fix the broken school funding formula, support struggling small businesses, back the blue and our volunteer first responders, and defend our Constitutional rights and freedoms in Northwest Jersey. Our district needs conservative fighters who will clearly and unequivocally stop the far-left extremism coming out of Trenton. We cannot afford the alternative.”
The new 24th Legislative District includes all of Sussex County; the Morris County towns of Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mt. Olive, Netcong, Roxbury, and Washington Township; and the Warren County towns of Allamuchy and Independence.