If Gary Schaer runs for Mayor of Passaic and wins, he would need to resign from the State Assembly seat he’s held since 2006. District 36 Democrats would hold a special election convention in November to fill the remaining fourteen months of his term. This would not be a seamless transition: Passaic County Democrats will view this as their seat; indeed Schaer would likely weigh in on the selection of a successor – probably someone from his own local political organization or even (in an effort to unite the city behind his new administration) pick one of the unsuccessful mayoral candidates.
But the majority of County Committee seats in the 36th belong to Bergen County, which has no candidates in the 36th next year (State Sen. Paul Sarlo is not up for re-election, and Assemblyman Frederick Scalera is from Essex County). If Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero decides he wants the seat, there won’t be much Passaic County Democrats can do about it.