Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announced on Thursday night that he would seek re-election to a third term in 2022.
This was not unexpected. Tedesco has been telling party leaders that he intended to run again and has been raising money for his re-election bid.
“Right now our focus is on re-electing our incredible team headed by Governor Murphy, our county slate, all the way down to our local officials including my daughter, Paramus Councilwoman Holly Tedesco,” he said. “But know that my heart is 100% in it, and that next year I will run to seek re-election as County Executive to continue working on behalf of the residents of Bergen County so that it continues to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
A former councilman and mayor in Paramus, Tedesco won a freeholder seat in 2013, ousting Republican incumbent John Mitchell by 289 votes in a race where Republican freeholders won the other two seats.
In 2014, Tedesco challenged the Republican county executive, Kathleen Donovan, and unseated her by 17,003 votes, 54%-46%. He was re-elected in 2018 by 83,162 votes, 63%-37%, against Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz.
Republicans have not won a countywide race in Bergen County since 2013.
Tedesco is seeking to become the second three-term county executive in Bergen County history.
Dennis McNerney was elected twice, but lost re-election to Donovan in 2010 by six points.