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Essex GOP picks candidates vs. DiVincenzo, Fontoura

Councilmen face tough race against popular Dem incumbents

By David Wildstein, March 28 2018 3:17 pm

Essex County Republicans have picked North Caldwell Councilman John Chiaia to run for County Executive and Caldwell Councilman Pasquale Capozzoli as their candidate for Sheriff.  They were approved by a screening committee last night and will run on the organization line in the June primary.

Chiaia and Capozzoli could face a primary if one of the 11th district congressional candidates puts together their own line.

Both face uphill battles against two entrenched and popular Democratic incumbents.  Chiaia, an attorney and four-term councilman, will face County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, who is seeking re-election to a fifth term.  Capozzoli is a state corrections officer.  He will face Armando Fountoura, who has been Sheriff for nearly 28 years.

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