When the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization reorganizes after the June Primary, members are expected to select Scott Heck as the successor to current County Party Chairman Scott Rumana.
Rumana earlier today announced that he would not seek a third term.
The 49-years-old Ringwood resident currently serves as the town manager of his hometown.
He was on the borough council for 12 years and served two years as deputy mayor and two as mayor.
“I have known and worked together with Assemblyman Scott Rumana for many years,” said Heck. “Scott has been talking to me for quite some time about succeeding him as Chairman of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization. We have been actively working to bring the party together so that we can work as a cohesive group and focus on spreading the message of fiscal responsibility for government.
“Along with Assemblyman Rumana, I have also enjoyed the help of State Senator Kevin O’Toole, attorney Mark Semeraro and Peter Murphy — all of whom have been instrumental in uniting our party, and I want to thank them for their assistance. This change could not have been achieved without them.
“I hope to build on the successes that Assemblyman Rumana has achieved over the past six years as leader. I am honored to have been asked to lead our party moving forward and ask for the support of the entire Republican Organization.
“I look forward to tackling the challenges of leading the Republican Organization in a county that has changed demographically over the past decade. I want to strengthen our municipal organizations and broaden the appeal of the Republican Party to the taxpayers and residents in all 16 towns in the county.
“Moving forward, I see the need for the PCRRO to take advantage of social media tools that are available to us today and are an important part of political and social debates. As a cohesive group, the Passaic County GOP can achieve the goals I have outlined and others. I want to thank Scott Rumana for the time he has devoted to our party. He has been a good friend to me and has led us through some difficult times and helped our party win three seats on the Freeholder Board. I hope that I can do as much for the Party as he has during his tenure as leader.”