MORRIS COUNTY — James Dodd, the former Mayor of Dover, has successfully made a comeback by winning the Democratic mayoral primary, defeating the incumbent who had previously unseated him four years ago.
Dodd currently leads the Democratic mayoral primary, followed by Carolyn Blackman. However, it’s important to note that these results are unofficial due to the acceptance of mail-in ballots postmarked by June 7 but accepted until Tuesday, June 12. The final results will be determined once all the ballots have been properly accounted for and certified.
No petitions were filed for a Republican candidate in the mayoral race, indicating that there was no official Republican candidate competing in the election. As a result, the Democratic primary winner, James Dodd, may have a clearer path to victory in the general election.
Dover, a predominantly Hispanic town in Morris County, is known for its competitive elections featuring rival Democratic factions. Dodd initially assumed office as mayor in 2003 but encountered challenges in 2018 when Correa successfully orchestrated a takeover of the Democratic municipal committee. Subsequently, Blackman defeated Dodd in the following year’s election, becoming the town’s first Black and first female mayor.