The shakeup of the Bergen County Democratic Organization has already led to speculation about who will run for county executive in 2010.
Many insiders believe that if indicted Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero goes — as the party’s executive committee has called on him to do by January 15 barring total exoneration – then incumbent executive Dennis McNerney is on his way out too.
But McNerney, who’s held the seat since 2002, told PolitickerNJ this week that he definitely intends to seek a third term.
“I’m definitely running. There’s never been a doubt,” he said. “I love what I do. That’s capital L.O.V.E. It’s a great county and I love serving the people of Bergen County.”
Plenty of pols who might be interested in the position spring up in the rumor mill. One is Sheriff Leo McGuire, who earlier this week told PolitickerNJ that he had no intention of challenging McNerney for the seat. He’s also said to be more interested in becoming U.S. Marshal, though he won’t comment on that.
Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes’ name also popped up. Without ruling it out explicitly, Wildes indicated that he has his mind on other things.
“I love being mayor of Englewood. I have been transparent about my ambitions, but believe strenuously that I do not deserve to go further unless I do a good job where I am and am working toward that any day,” he said.
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle (D-Englewood) has expressed interest in the position before, and wouldn’t knock down the rumor.
“Right now I’m concentrating on 2009 to my reelection to the assembly,” she said. “No, but I’m certainly not focused on it today. But you never know what doors open –what exists. But right now I’m concentrating on been reelected to District 37”