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County Clerk a 'Big Job' Jefferson Councilman Seeks

Michael Sanchelli says he's 'ready' for challenges of position, plans aggressive campaign.

Being elected this year as Morris County clerk would be like going back to the beginning for Jefferson Councilman Michael Sanchelli.

He was an election clerk 21 years ago under then-county clerk Al Scerbo. He followed that job with a position with the Morris County Board of Elections.

Running the numerous elections held each year in Morris County is one of the key duties of the county clerk.

“It’s a big job,” Sanchelli said. "I’m ready."

Sanchelli is one of several Morris County officials who has expressed an interest in the county clerk’s post, which opened when Clerk Joan Bramhall announced she was not seeking a fourth five-year term.

Freeholders Douglas Cabana, of Boonton Township, a 16-year veteran on the board, and Ann Grossi, of Parsippany, in her first three-year term, have indicated an interest in replacing Bramhall. Grossi said she is not seeking another freeholder term.

State Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, of Morris Township, who has served in the legislature since 1996, expressed an early interest. But he then later told Patch he is favoring seeking re-election to his current 25th Legislative District seat.

Sanchelli has been a Jefferson councilman for 14 years and works as a public works inspector in the county’s public works division.

He said his experience in the clerk’s office gives him an understanding of how the complex department works.

The clerk oversees elections, records real estate transactions and maintains real estate records, such as deeds and mortgages, issues passports and records and maintains certain other public records.

Sanchelli said the response to his announcement was positive, and many friends and supporters have stepped forward to help with his campaign.

He said his campaign team is nearly complete and, once assembled, they will begin an aggressive door-to-door effort to speak with voters about his qualifications.

“I’m an optimist,” Sanchelli said. "I talk about when I win, not if.”

The filing date for the June 4 primary election is April 1.

MTSO January 14, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Why are so many higher elected officials (freeholders, assemblymen, councilmen) so interested? What are the real reasons why they want this County clerk job? Does anyone know.
Sally Beck January 14, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I'm curious why this is an elected position. Sounds like a bunch of money spent campaigning for an administrative job. I'm sure it's a good job with plenty of perks but I don't really want this guy coming to my door telling me how good he is at issuing passports.
Frank Stross January 14, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Mr. Sanchelli, Will be also an excellent canidate for this position along with Freeholder Doug Cabana. They are not looking for a big FAT Pension like Ann Grossi!! Just remember tax payers, Anybody but Ann Grossi!!
Patriot February 05, 2013 at 08:22 AM
Agree with you Frank.....ANYBODY but GROSSI....anybody!
Peter Greendyk June 04, 2013 at 03:39 PM
This job is critical...just recall the county level election disaster in Broward County Florida in 2000 when the County Clerk' Election Office had to recount by hand 588.007 ballots because of the "hanging chads" and poorly designed ballots. The County Clerk oversees all these kinds of things. Let's elect someone with some experience.

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