Joseph C. Bodek, the Linden city clerk, is expected to become a Union County Commissioner in January.
He appears to be the choice of Democrats to replace Christopher Hudak, who was elected Union County Surrogate last week after four terms.
Bodek, the city clerk for nearly seventeen years, will still need to win a special election convention to replace Hudak. To become a county commissioner, he will need to leave his post as clerk of the Union County Utilities Authority, where he’s served since 1990.
Hudak’s term was set to expire in 2023 and the 66-year-old Bodek is expected to seek a full-term next year.
The son of a Jersey City Fire Department battalion chief, Bodek served as president of the Linden Democratic Club and as the city’s purchasing agent before becoming city clerk. He also served as treasurer of the Union County Democratic Committee when the late Charlotte DeFillippo was the county chair.