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The Ridgefield Park Continued Responsive Government Team: incumbents John Anlian and Adam MacNeill, Bill Gerken, Wanda Portorreal and Mark Olson. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

17% turnout in Ridgefield Park, where mayor is retiring after nearly 40 years in local office

All five Board of Commissioner seats up

By David Wildstein, May 11 2020 10:43 pm

All five seats on the Ridgefield Park Township Board of Commissioners are up in Tuesday’s non-partisan municipal election, where 1,409 votes (17%) had been cast as of Monday morning in a race conducted entirely through vote-by-mail ballots.

Ridgefield Park Mayor George Fosdick is retiring after nearly 40 years in local office, including 28 as mayor.  Commissioners Theresa Kohles and Hugo R. Poli are not seeking re-election.  Kohles had won a 2017 special election after being appointed following the resignation of Maggie Boyd.

The Continued Responsive Government slate includes the remaining two incumbent, John Anlian and Adam MacNeill, along with longtime recreation leader Bill Gerken, Planning Board member Mark Olson, and Zoning Baord member Wanda Portorreal.

They face a challenge from the Candidates for Integrity and Transparency ticket: Margaret Boys, Jameria Miller, Luis Correra, Theodore Tabasco and Janet Malool.

Tabasco ran in 2016 and lost by a margin of more than 2-1.

Bergen Turnout

In races for the school board, vote-by-mail ballots have been returned as of Monday by 14% of voters in Oakland, 8% in Cliffside Park, 7% in Fairview, and 9% in Hackensack.

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