Freeholder Deb Smith of Denville and John Krickus of Washington Township have formed a freeholder team with former Mountain Lakes mayor and councilman Stephen Shaw in the upcoming June Republican primary.

“We are thrilled to have Stephen Shaw join our team,” said Smith and Krickus. “Our combined track record of conservative leadership is what the Morris County freeholder board needs in the years to come to fight back against Phil Murphy and the liberal Democrats in Trenton.”

Smith and Krickus touted their record of holding the line on property taxes, reducing county debt by more than $50 million, and maintaining a rare AAA credit rating. They praised Shaw’s experience as a 25-year business owner/operator as well as his extensive background in land use and planning, economic development, and local government know-how. He has served as vice chair of the Morris County Open Space Committee and is currently chair of the Mountain Lakes Republican County Committee.

“This team will be able to hit the ground running and has a clear vision for how to run Morris County government,” said Shaw. “Deb, John, and I believe in efficient, effective government that lives within its means, just like Morris County families, seniors, and business owners do every day.”

Freeholder Smith was a career sales executive with Dun & Bradstreet; her husband, Steven, owns a small business in Randolph. She graduated from Long Island University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in counseling. Prior to her election as a freeholder in 2015, Smith served on the Denville Council and as council president.

Krickus, a former CPA, is currently a product manager. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves, graduated from Drew University, and earned an MBA from Lehigh University. John lives with his wife, Carolyn, and two daughters in Long Valley, where he served as mayor and committeeman, followed by three years on the freeholder board.

Shaw is a 51-year resident of Morris County and owns family-run Shaw Built Homes. He has served as president of the New Jersey Builders Association and president of the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey. He is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology (formerly Newark College of Engineering) with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Shaw is a licensed New Jersey real estate agent and a licensed private pilot. He is married and has two adult children.

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