It's official: Hank McNamara announced today that he will not seek re-election to an eighth term in the State Senate, and Kevin O'Toole formally entered the race to succeed him.
Wayne Mayor Scott Rumana will run for O'Toole's Assembly seat, along with incumbent David Russo. Rumana is a former Passaic County Freeholder.
Senate Minority Whip Thomas Kean, Jr., the 2006 GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, has endorsed O'Toole, Russo and Rumana.
Some Republicans suggest that the three could face a challenge in the primary.
“Hank was a fighter. He fought for the taxpayers; he fought what he believed in never sought the public spotlight," said O'Toole, who served with McNamara in the Senate six years ago.
“Whether he served as Wyckoff councilman, Bergen County freeholder or state senator, Hank McNamara has served with distinction and honor and has remained a champion for the environment and taxpayers," said Russo. "His presence in Trenton will be missed."