Avery and Walsh prevail for GOP freeholder support in Bergen County

The Bergen County Republican Organization tapped Ridgewood Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh and Ridgefield attorney Robert Avery to run for two freeholder seats this year on the organization line.

In a three way contest at BCRO headquarters in downtown Hackensack tonight, the pair beat Dierdre Paul, an Englewood educator and author.

The final tally:

Avery 456

Walsh 336

and Paul 277

The Republicans want a general election showdown with incumbent Democratic freeholders Joan Voss and David Ganz.

Avery and Walsh outbid Paul to get the Republican nod.

They will run on the line with incumbent Republican Executive Kathe Donovan.

Ganz and Voss are running on the Bergen County Democratic Committee line with Freeholder James Tedesco, who’s opposing Donovan.

Bergen County GOP Chairman Bob Yudin (pictured at tonight’s convention, above) kept the voting open for four hours – from 4 to 8 p.m.

Ridgewood Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh; versus Robert Avery, a Ridgefield lawyer, versus Dierdre Paul, an Englewood educator and author.

Avery and Walsh prevail for GOP freeholder support in Bergen County