East Rutherford councilman George Perry, Jr. passed away on Wednesday. He was 67.
Perry had recently won the top vote-getter in a contested primary where an incumbent lost his seat. Republicans will now have to fill his seat on the council and replace him on the November ballot.
Elected as a Democrat to the council in 2000, he became a Republican in 2009.
Perry’s younger brother, Jim, is a councilman in Hardwick and the second vice president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed George Perry as an officer of the NJLM. It was his brother, Jim.