Lyon Sees Path to Freeholder Seat

Towaco resident says he may run unopposed at Republican County Committee convention.

William "Hank" Lyon said Wednesday he has heard there's a good chance he will be running unopposed when the Republican County Committee votes to fill a vacant seat previously held by Margaret Nordstrom, though he's still waiting to hear officially whether Nordstrom will be vying to return to the seat after an appellate court removed her from the position.

Nordstrom, a Long Valley resident, has cleaned out her office in the county administrative building and told the Observer-Tribune it's time to move on, according to the newspaper.

But Lyon, a Towaco resident, said he still hasn't heard from Nordstrom if she is bowing out of the contest. She previously said she would try to be returned to the seat at the convention. Nordstrom couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Truscha Quatrone, a Towaco resident who was on the ballot with Nordstrom in the general election, says the appellate court's decision means she should get the seat.

"I intend to pursue my legal rights in making sure that I am seated," Quatrone said Wednesday. Her attorney, Paul Bangiola, has said she is entitled to be appointed to the seat because Nordstrom wasn't legally the candidate for any party and Quatrone received the second highest number of votes.

Lyon said some people are suggesting the Republican Party somehow messed up the Republican primary, but he said the responsibility falls with the judge who, according to the appeals court, improperly overturned the results in the first place.

After a recount, Lyon had beaten Nordstrom, a four-term freeholder, last June by six votes. Nordstrom went to court and Superior Court Assignment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck tossed Lyon's victory based on alleged campaign finance violations and supposed voting irregularities.

That sent the question of who the GOP nominee should be to a convention and, among a group of 421 party faithful, Nordstrom won by five votes.

Nordstrom then beat Quatrone in November by about 18,000 votes while Lyon's ultimately successful appeal was underway.

Lyon said there's a sentiment among Republicans that it's time to move on and that the party should "coalesce around the person the people picked."

"I think it would be the best thing for the Republican party," Lyon said.

This story is published across Patch sites in Morris County. Comments below may be posted by residents of any of those towns.

Dan Grant February 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
oops father. I don't want to start any rumors.
The Stig February 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I guess Dan has decided to continue to ignore the NJ Supreme Court's ruling - http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2012/02/supreme_court_ruling_voids_mos.html, which will give Fourth District Assembly seat to the Democrats, even though they declared their candidate was ineligible to run because of residency requirements. By his logic the Republican was the only valid candidate on the ballot and should therefore be declared the winner. The court, agreeing with her on the issue of residency, declined to agree to her point on who should fill the vacancy.
Moses Lonn February 19, 2012 at 05:11 AM
It seems oddly just that young Lyon just dropped $125,000 or so in legal fees to give the Morris Freeholder seat to Ms. Quattrone.
HistorianWT February 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Domino, speaking of sinking to levels, it sounds like you are from eastern Morris County, so you might not know that from 2005 to 2008 Washington Township had a "one and done" Committeeman named Kevin Nedd whose public statements were posted on a campaign site called "kevinneddsaid" and led to the biggest electoral loss of any incumbent is the 200 year old history of Morris County. Followed by a criminal conviction and life downward spiral. So not every elected iofficial is going to want a chronicle of his blather! lol...
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