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Dumont Mayor James J. Kelly

Dumont mayor won’t seek re-election

Republican James Kelly to leave after 8 years

By David Wildstein, March 25 2019 9:45 am

Dumont mayor James J. Kelly will not seek re-election to a third term, according to a source with knowledge of Kelly’s plans who was not authorized to speak on his behalf.

Kelly has not yet announced his decision and Republicans have not said who they will run in his place.

Last week, Democrats picked councilman Andrew LaBruno as their mayoral candidate.

Democrats have a 6-0 majority on the borough council and are seeking to take back the mayoralty after eight years of Kelly.

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.

LaBruno, 37, is running on a ticket with councilwoman Lisa Sabatino Rossillo and Conor Gorman, an aide to Bergen County freeholder Steve Tanelli.

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