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Closter Mayor John Glidden. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Closter mayor files as Assembly candidate in 39th district

By David Wildstein, January 30 2021 7:41 am

Closter Mayor John Glidden has filed a letter of intent to seem the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 39th legislative district, where Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) is expected to give up her seat to run for State Senate.

Assemblyman Robert Auth (R-Old Tappan) is seeking re-election.

Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo, the 2017 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor, is also considering an Assembly bid.

Emerson Mayor Danielle DiPaola and Upper Saddle River Mayor Joanne Minichetti are also viewed as possible Assembly candidates.

Glidden was elected mayor in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.  He was unopposed in both races.

The 73-year-old Republican was an Air Force command pilot in the Vietnam War.  He was a councilman for ten years before becoming mayor.

He served as chairman of the Bergen County Utilities Authority from 1992 to 2003 and served as a trustee of Bergen Pines Hospital and the New Jersey Health Research and Educational Trust.  Gov. Thomas Kean appointed him to the Governor’s Commission on Capital Formation for Health Care Facilities in 1985.

Last year, Glidden explored a challenge to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (R-Wyckoff) in New Jersey’s 5th district but decided not to run after realizing that his late entrance in the race didn’t give him a path to the nomination.

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