Hawthorne school board member Jennifer Ehrentraut will seek the Democratic nomination for State Senate, where State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) wants a third full-term.
Democrats are running Giovanna Irizarry, a Totowa resident who is the director of special education for the Woodland Park school district, and Jennifer Marrinan, a small business owner from Wyckoff, to run for the Assembly. They are expected to face Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff) and Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas.
An incumbent Republican, Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff), lost his seat when the newly-drawn 40th included enough of Essex County to merit a seat.
The 40th has not elected a Democratic legislator under the new system of 40 legislative districts that began in 1973 – it was one of just four districts in the state that elected three Republicans in the Watergate Democratic wave.