Former River Edge Councilman John Felice announced his candidacy for Bergen County freeholder in a letter he sent to Republican committee members and elected officials yesterday.
“I’ve been considering running for several months, and I believe that this will be the best way to make a maximum contribution toward our historic opportunity to retake Bergen County,” wrote Felice, 51, who is also the former River Edge planning board chair.
Meanwhile, another prospective freeholder candidate has emerged: Raymond Herr, a former Fairview councilman and Bogota council candidate last year. Herr submtited his letter of intent on Wendesday.
Members of the Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) will vote to endorse three candidates for three Democratic-held seats at their contention next month. Bergen County Young Republican Chairman Ken Tyburczy, frequent Cliffside Park council candidate John Mitchell have also submmited letters of intent, while several others are mulling runs but have not yet officially announced their candidacies.
Democratic incumbents James Carroll and Elizabeth Calabrese are up for reelection, but incumbent Democrat Tomas Padilla is retiring, leaving that seat open. The current Democratic frontrunner to replace him on the ballot is former Freeholder Julie O’Brien, who just lost her reelection bid in November and has not announced that she will run again.
Republicans won two seats on the board in November, giving them a 5-2 minority and a shot at control of the board in this year’s election.
“Last year, we had the good fortune to work together on several successful campaigns. Watching so many terrific candidates win, including not only Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno at the state level but also Freeholders John Driscoll and Rob Hermansen right here in the county, made me confident that we now have an opportunity to change Bergen County,” wrote Felice in his letter. “I ask for your support so that, together with them and our 2010 Republican ticket, we can make that change a reality.”
Felice is the son of former Assemblyman Nicholas Felice (R-Fair Lawn).