Mountainside Councilwoman Wendy Fech-Caccamo has withdrawn her bid for re-election.
Glenn Mortimer, the Union County Republican Chairman and also a Mountainside Councilman, cited personal reasons for Fech-Caccamo’s decision not to run again. The local Republican County Committee will meet soon to select a new candidate, Mortimer said.
Another incumbent, Robert Messler, is seeking re-election. Republicans hold 6-0 majority on the council, with a GOP mayor.
Democrats have nominated Ileana Montes, a former director of the New Jersey Division on Women, and Anjali Mehrotra.
Mountainside (pop. 6,685) is one of the last GOP strongholds in Union County. Donald Trump carried it with 56% and Leonard Lance with 63% in 2016. That’s not far off from where the borough was a decade ago, when Lance won 64% and John McCain received 61%. It’s been Republican almost forever: the GOP won borough council seats despite national Democratic wave elections, 1964 and 1974.