Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo intends to seek re-election to a third term in 2010, and he should be viewed as a strong favorite to win. Since Essex County Democratic politics is especially volatile these days, and DiVincenzo isn’t about to take his race for granted. He’s concerned that he would face a challenge from a candidate backed by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is also up for re-election that year.
If DiVincenzo is re-elected, he’ll become Essex County’s first three-term County Executive. Peter Shapiro won in 1978 and 1982, but lost in 1986; Thomas D’Alessio and Nicholas Amato were one-termers; and James Treffinger ran for the U.S. Senate in 2002.