Dumont Democrats are backing councilman Andrew LaBruno to run for mayor in a Bergen County municipality that is often politically competitive but has trended Democratic in recent years.
LaBruno could find himself in a race against two-term Republican mayor James J. Kelly, although it is not immediately clear whether Kelly is seeking re-election.
Democrats now hold all six borough council seats and are looking take back the mayoralty after eight years.
Kelly was elected in 2011 after Democrat Matthew McHale declined to seek re-election. He defeated Democrat Eric Abrahamson with 59% of the vote. He was narrowly re-elected in 2015, outpolling councilman Carl Manna by just 42 votes out of more than 3,150 cast.
“Andrew has the deep knowledge and leadership skills necessary to move Dumont forward,” said Dumont Democratic municipal chairman Rafael Riquelme. “I have known Andrew for years and I cannot think of a better person to lead the borough. Andrew’s experience founding the Dumont Community Group, and now on the Council, makes him a compelling candidate. Andrew sees the potential in Dumont and has a vision to capture it.”
LaBruno, a 37-year-old Jersey City police detective, will run on a ticket with councilwoman Lisa Sabatino Rossillo and Conor Gorman, an aide to Bergen County freeholder Steve Tanelli.
“I believe in the borough of Dumont, our families, and our future — that’s why I am thrilled to announce that I am running for Mayor,” said LaBruno, who runs a non-profit group that organizes local recreation events. “I am a firm believer in giving back to the community, and I have seen firsthand what Dumont can accomplish when residents work together behind a shared goal.”