Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen won’t run for Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk’s seat after all.
“I would like to thank everyone who has called to support me and urge me to run over the last several days but after consulting with my family and friends I have decided not to seek the District 39 Assembly seat,” said Hermansen this afteroon. “I made a promise to the people of Bergen County that I would represent them to the best of my abilities and I believe, at this time, that focusing on my duties as a Freeholder fulfills that promise. I remain committed to the tasks at hand and I look forward to continuing to serve our community to the best of my ability.”
Hermansen endorsed Rivervale attorney Holly Schepisi (daughter of former Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman John Schepisi) for the job. A convention is scheduled for Sept. 12.
“Having met Holly and after speaking at length with both her and Charlotte I am completely confident that she is the right person for the job,” said the freeholder. “I look forward to working with her on the campaign trail and once she is a member of the Assembly.”
Sources in the party say Schepisi is on track to win.
She already has the support of BCRO Chairman Bob Yudin, state Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-39) and Vandervalk.
“Rob made a promise to serve the people of Bergen County as a Freeholder and he is a man of his word,” Samuel Raia, NJGOP chairman, said of Hermansen following the freeholder’s decision. “His dedication to make Bergen County a better place to live and work is an example to other leaders.”