Bergen County Freeholder David Ganz will not seek re-election to a seventh term, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Ridgewood mayor Ramon Hache has emerged as a leading candidate to run on the Bergen County Democratic organization line to replace Ganz, a former Fair Lawn mayor who was first elected to countywide office in 2002.
Ganz is up for a job in Passaic County, but the details of his offer have not yet been finalized.
Another incumbent, Joan Voss, is seeking re-election.
Hache is reportedly the pick of Paul Juliano, who became the Bergen County Democratic chairman last summer.
The filing deadline to run for freeholder at the Bergen County Democratic convention is Friday at 4 PM. Candidates must file letters of intent with signatures of at least five county committee members from six different municipalities.
If he wins, Hache would become the first Dominican-American to serve on the Board of Freeholders.
Hache is up for re-election this year and his candidacy for countywide office would create an open seat in the Ridgewood council.
Ganz has been battling health issues for several years.
In 2002, Ganz and then-Rutherford mayor Bernadette McPherson defeated incumbent Anthony Cassano and his running mate, former Fair Lawn mayor Edward Trawinski.