Ronald Fava inched closer toward a political comeback on Tuesday, winning the Republican nomination for Passaic County Clerk with 71% of the vote against challenger Vivienne Erk.
He will face Danielle Ireland Imhof, the Prospect Park business administrator and the wife of Passaic County Board of Freeholders clerk Louis Imhof, in the general election.
Republicans have held the County Clerk post since 2009, when Republican Kristin Corrado won. She resigned last year to take her seat in the State Senate. This election is for the remaining year of her term.
The acting clerk, 76-year-old Water Davison, is not seeking re-election.
Fava was 26-years-old when he ousted Assemblyman William Hicks (D-Paterson) in 1975 but lost the seat two years later to Democrat John Girgenti. He served as Passaic County Prosecutor under Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and later filled a vacancy as the acting Passaic County Sheriff. He narrowly lost a bid for Sheriff in 2001.
In the race for Passaic County freeholder, Republicans Lori Mambelli, Gary Passenti and Frank Pietropaolo defeated Pamela Herbig, Constance Hernandez and Joan Barnwell. They will face incumbents Cassandra Lazzara, Assad Akhter and John Bartlett in the general election.