The Bergen County Democratic Committee will tap Freeholder James Tedesco to run against incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan.
A former mayor of Paramus, Tesdesco won a freeholder seat last year with Republican Gov. Chris Christie at the top of the opposition ticket.
Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato turned to Tedesco after his first choice, County Surrogate Mike Dressler, decided not to run.
Democrats see Donovan as a formidable incumbent. A 2010 victor over Democrat Dennis McNerney, the Republican is seeking her second full term in office.