State Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) announced last week that he did not intent to pursue reelection in 2017. But, before that announcement was even made, Republican Edward Buttimore decided to throw his hat in the ring in an attempt to win the seat.
Buttimore is a retired former administrator in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. The Cedar Grove native filed his intention to run with New Jersey’s Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) on December 15, 2015.
Because O’Toole plans to retire in 2017, he is the only currently declared candidate for the seat. Other names like former Assemblyman Paul DiGaetano, Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado, Assemblyman Scott Rumana and Wyckoff Mayor Kevin Rooney have all been floated as potential candidates when O’Toole’s term ends in 2017.
The deadline for candidates to file is April of 2017.