Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes decision not to seek a third term will become an early test for newly-elected Bergen County Democratic Chairman Michael Kasparian. Kasparian must decide if he will award the organization line this spring to a candidate backed by the traditionally anti-organization Englewood Democratic Party, support a candidate recommended by Wildes, or seek a compromise candidate that both factions can agree upon.
According to The Record, Council President Charlotte Bennett Schoen and Councilman Scott Reddin are mulling mayoral bids. Englewood Democratic Municipal Chair Deirdre Glenn Paul, a professor at Montclair State University, is also a potential candidate. And some Democrats say that Rev. Vernon Walton, a Bergen County Freeholder and former Englewood Councilman, could also emerge as a mayoral candidate.
Two Democratic legislators from Englewood, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gordon Johnson, have been mentioned as mayoral candidates in the past. But sources say that neither have any interest in giving up their Assembly seats to become Mayor.