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Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo.

Rendo won’t seek open 39th district Assembly seat

By David Wildstein, January 31 2021 4:57 pm

Woodcliff Mayor Carlos Rendo will not run for the State Assembly in 2021.

“After discussing my candidacy for the assembly with my family, constituents, and party leaders, I have decided not to seek the nomination,” Rendo said.  “Entering my second term as Mayor of Woodcliff Lake, it is more important that I focus my energy on representing my borough.”

Rendo, the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor four years ago, had been mentioned as a leading candidate for an open Assembly seat in the Bergen County-based 39th district.

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) is expected to give up her seat to challenge 12-term incumbent Gerald Cardinale for the GOP State Senate nomination.

On Saturday, Rendo was one of eight GOP mayors from the district to endorse Schepisi and urge the 86-year-old Cardinale to retire.

“I will support the winner of the party’s nomination for the Senate and Assembly in the 39th district,” Rendo said.

Closter Mayor John Glidden has filed a letter of intent to run for the Assembly.

The filing deadline to participate in the Bergen Republican screening and convention process is tomorrow.

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