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Ribeiro enters race for Bucco Assembly seat

Pfizer executive ran John McCain’s presidential campaign in Great Lakes

By David Wildstein, November 14 2019 2:36 pm

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Al Ribeiro, a former political consultant who worked on John McCain’s presidential campaign, has entered the race for State Assembly in the 25th district.

He filed a letter of intent to run in a November 21 special election convention to fill the remaining seven weeks of Anthony M. Bucco’s term.

The 39-year-old Bernardsville resident has been with Pfizer for the last ten years, where he heads the Global Corporate Affairs team in the Oncology division.

Ribeiro worked for Jamestown Associates, a political consulting firm, from 2002 to 2005 and as New Hampshire political director for Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign.  He later joined the McCain campaign and served as Michigan State Director and as Deputy Regional Campaign Manager for the Great Lakes region.

The filing deadline to run in next week’s election is today.

Ribeiro is the fifth candidate to seek the seat Bucco vacated last month to serve in the State Senate.

He will face former Frelinghuysen district director Aura Dunn, Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Sarah Neibart, Assistant Morris County Counsel John Barbarula, and Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb.

The winner of next week’s contest will serve until January 13, 2020.

After the New Jersey Legislature reorganizes on January 14, a vacancy will be declared and another special election convention will be held to fill Bucco’s seat until a November 2020 special election.

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