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.