Third Republican enters race for Bergen Sheriff

Vincent Markowski, the director of public safety at Ramapo College, plans to run for the Republican nomination for sheriff in Bergen County.

Markowski, who lives in Carlstadt, made his interest in the post known with a letter of intent to Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin, who announced Markowski’s candidacy at last night’s county committee meeting.  Markowski served 13 years with the Passaic Police Department and 16 years with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Yudin.

There are already two other Republican candidates who plan to compete for the coveted “county line” at the Bergen County Republican Organization’s convention next month: former ATF agent Dominick Polifrone and Emerson Police Chief Michael Saudino. 

The Democratic incumbent, Leo McGuire, is planning to seek re-election to a third term.  McGuire ousted GOP Sheriff Joel Trella in 2004.

So far, Yudin has received three letters of intent from freeholder candidates: John Felice, a former River Edge councilman; Ken Tyburczy, chairman of the Bergen County Young Republicans; and John Mitchell, an independent consultant who has run unsuccessfully for council several times in heavily Democratic Cliffside Park.

Chris Calabrese, who won the GOP nomination in 2008 and unsuccessfully sought the party nod to run again in 2009, had been planning another run but has withdrawn his name from consideration. 

“Business commitments,” said Yudin.

Third Republican enters race for Bergen Sheriff