Bergen GOP releases candidate list

Four county seats are up for election in Bergen County this year, and Republicans looking to run for office on the county line had a deadline of midnight Tuesday to file for consideration.

GOP Chairman Bob Yudin confirmed the eleven names in the mix yesterday.

There are only two candidates for two seats – the county clerk and county surrogate – while nine others are battling for the two terms on the freeholder board.

Democrats are likely to run incumbent Freeholders Bernadette McPherson and David Ganz, incumbent surrogate Michael Dressler, and a county clerk candidate they will choose in March.

Republicans will run Elizabeth Randall of Westwood – their replacement for County Executive Kathe Donovan – for the county clerk seat, and Andrew Cimiluca of Saddle River for the surrogate spot.

In the running for the freeholders seats on the GOP side are Donna Alonso of Oradell; Jeff Bader of Woodcliff Lakes; Joel Brizzi of East Rutherford; John Genovesi of Rutherford; Jeff Heller of Ramsey; Arthur Lavis of Montvale; Nick Lonzisero of Ridgefield; Joseph McAllister of Rutherford; and Anthony Rottino of Franklin Lakes.

Frontrunners, according to insiders, may include Rottino, a conservative businessman who has some fundraising ability; Brizzi, an East Rutherford councilman; Heller, a former Ramsey councilman who ran for freeholder in 2008; and Lonzisero, a former Assembly candidate.

Two “lightning rod” candidates who may not get the line, but could make some noise are Bader, a Woodcliff Lakes councilman who got the backing of current Freeholder Rob Hermansen in last year’s convention, and Genovesi, a two-term councilman from Rutherford.

Bergen GOP releases candidate list