Passaic County Regular Republican Organization Chairman John Traier announced today that the party has chosen its county candidates for the 2013 General Election.
In a meeting of party officials this morning, the PCRRO chose Frank Feenan as its sheriff candidate and Christian E. Barranco and Philip H. Weisbecker Jr. as its freeholder standard bearers.
Feenan, of Woodland Park, is a retired captain from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s office.
Barranco, of Pompton Lakes, is a union electrician, and Weisbecker, of West Milford, is a former West Milford Township mayor and councilman; he presently works at Jordan Transportation in Butler.
Traier said the party has chosen “excellent candidates with experience in government and the private sector.
“I believe this ticket gives the Republican Party a good opportunity to break the stranglehold the Democrats have on county government and gives the taxpayers the opportunity to end one-party government that leads to unwise spending decisions, and higher property taxes.”
Feenan is running against incumbent Sheriff Richard Berdnik, a Democrat.
“I’ve embraced the race for sheriff of Passaic County because I believe I have the law enforcement background that will make the sheriff’s department a more useful crime fighting tool and a help to taxpayers in municipalities that simply cannot afford to hire the police manpower needed to keep their streets safe, ” said Feenan. “Under the current sheriff, I see a department that deploys officers poorly and invests in functions that do not help the community or taxpayers.
“As sheriff I would make better use of manpower by enhancing the CSI unit to assist municipalities with burglary investigations,” the Republican added. “I would deploy patrol units in high crime areas where they will be most useful, increase training and I would broaden the department’s community outreach efforts that would increase communication from people in the community to law enforcement. All this can be done within the confines of the current department budget and it would make the county safer while reducing the burden on taxpayers.”