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Former Westwood Councilwoman Alyssa Dawson

Belgiovine, Dawson, Cericola running for Bergen freeholder

Republicans go young in race to break all-Dem control of county government

By David Wildstein, March 24 2019 8:11 pm

Bergen County Republicans are making a play for the millennial vote, tapping Woodcliff Lake councilman Corrado Belgiovine, former Westwood councilwoman Alyssa Dawson and Bergen County Young Republican chair Kathleen Cericola as their candidates for freeholder.

They will oppose incumbents Mary Amoroso, Germaine Ortiz and Tom Sullivan.

Belgiovine will give up his council seat to run countywide.

Dawson, 25, was appointed the borough council in June 2018 but lost her bid to hold the seat last November against Democrat Jodi Murphy.  Now the chief of staff to Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale), she worked on Gov. Chris Christie’s staff and on Kim Guadagno’s campaign for governor.

Cericola, 24, is a senior audit associate at KPMG and a part-time cheerleading coach.

Democrats have a 7-0 majority on the freeholder board.  They last won countywide races in 2013 and lost their final two seats in 2016.

This is the first slate of candidates picked by Bergen County GOP chairman Jack Zisa, who was elected after the 2018 Republican primary.

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