Passaic County Republicans have picked Darren Woolridge as the organization candidate for sheriff in the June primary.
Woolridge, a former sheriff’s officer, is expected to face either incumbent Richard Berdnik or former sheriff Jerry Speziale. Both are seeking the endorsement of the Passaic Democratic screening committee this week.
The county GOP organization is also backing Totowa attorney Maria Giammona and West Milford school board member William Cytowicz for freeholder. Two incumbent Democrats are expected to seek re-election this year: Terry Duffy and Pat Lepore.
Republicans are supporting incumbents for re-election to the State Assembly: Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) in the 26th, Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) and Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) in the 39th, and Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff) and Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff) in the 40th.
Webber and DeCroce face a possible primary against Christian Barranco, a former Pompton Lakes councilman. Barranco did not participate in the screening.
“I am proud to present this diverse slate of candidates on behalf of the Republican Party in Passaic County,” said Passaic County GOP chairman Peter Murphy. “These legislative and county office candidates bring a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and professional qualifications to the table to appeal to all stakeholders in the county. I can think of no better way to relate to Passaic County’s voters than to support such energized and eager candidates.”
Just one Assembly candidate filed in the 35th against Democrats Benji Wimberley (D-Paterson) and Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson): Tamer Mamkej, a network administrator for the Hawthorne Board of Education.
The GOP have not endorsed candidates for Assembly in the 34th against Democrats Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) and Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange).
Woolridge won 3% of the vote as an independent in 2016, with Berdnik defeating Republican Frank Feenan by a 63%-34% margin.