Jack Terhune, a former Bergen County sheriff and state corrections commissioner, acknowledged that he has been approached about running for county executive, but downplayed the possibility.
“Several people have approached me, but that’s not in the cards. At least not on New Year’s Eve,” said Terhune, who is currently the borough administrator of Leonia – a heavily Democratic town. Terhune would not rule a run out entirely, however.
Bergen County Executive Dennis C. McNerney plans to seek re-election in 2010, and Republicans, fresh from defeating two incumbent Democratic freeholders in November, think they have a good shot against him.
Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan is expected to announce her candidacy for the post in early January. She has already filed a certificate of organization with the Election Law Enforcement Commission, designating Republican State Commiteewoman Eleonore Nissley as her campaign chair and Fair Lawn Councilman Edward Trawinski as her treasurer.
Donovan, however, belongs to a faction of the party at odds with one led by Bergen County Republican chairman Robert Yudin and state Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest). They were initially expected to back former Hackensack Mayor Jack Zisa, whose name no longer surfaces as a potential candidate.
Several sources named former Rochelle Park Mayor Joseph Scarpa as a potential candidate. He could not be comment, but a different source said that he plans to back Donovan’s candidacy.