Eight Democrats will compete for three Bergen County Freeholder seats when the party holds their county convention on February 25: incumbents James Carroll and Elizabeth Calabrese, former Freeholder Julie O’Brien, Northvale Mayor John Hogan, Westwood Mayor John Birkner, Maywood Mayor Tim Eustace, former Ridgefield Councilman Rob Kovic, Bergen County College Trustee Cid Wilson, Dr. Pargellan McCall, a retired NJCU professor, and Cliffside Park Green Committee Chairman Sebastian Belfon. Incumbent Tomas Padilla is not seeking re-election.
Control of the Board of Freeholders is at stake this November after Republicans won two of the seven seats in 2009. Democrats will need to hold two of the three seats to maintain their majority.
Bergen County Executive Dennis C. McNerney, Sheriff Leo McGuire, and U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) are unopposed for the endorsement of the Bergen County Democratic Organization. No Democrat filed to challenge U.S. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).