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Hawthorne Mayor Richard Goldberg. (Photo: Facebook,)

Hawthorne GOP mayor won’t run again

By David Wildstein, February 11 2021 8:59 am

Hawthorne Mayor Richard Goldberg, a Republican who has held local office since 1997, will not seek re-election to a fourth term this year.

Goldberg won a special election for mayor in 2008.  He defeated Joseph Wojtecki to fill the unexpired term of the mayor who had resigned, Patrick Botbyl.

He was re-elected in 2017 by 716 votes, 55%-40%, over Democrat Naomi Collier.

Republicans have a 6-1 majority on the Borough Council.

His only bid for higher office came in 2011, when he ran for State Assembly in the Bergen County-based 38th legislative district.  He lost to Democrats Connie Wagner and Tim Eustace by 2,006 votes.  Goldberg carried Hawthorne by 659 votes over Eustace.

Hawthorne is a swing town in Passaic County.  Joe Biden carried it by five points over Donald Trump, who had won Hawthorne by six points in 2016.

TapIntoHawthorne first reported Goldberg’s retirement.

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