Waiting in the wings

If Richard Codey winds up in the United States Senate three months from now, the succession of Assemblyman John McKeon, the Mayor of West Orange and a staunch Codey man, is virtually automatic. That would mean a special election convention to fill McKeon’s 27th district Assembly seat, and Essex Democrats say the potential candidates include Essex County Surrogate Joseph Brennan, former Maplewood Mayor Ellen Davenport, Livingston Councilmen (and Democratic fundraiser) Leland Peyser, former West Orange Councilman Kevin Keough, Phil Alagia, the Chief of Staff to the County Executive, Maplewood Mayor Fred Profeta, and Bob Davidson, a mental health advocate and a Codey favorite.

Waiting in the wings