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Bergen County Commissioner Joan Voss.

Thanks to congressional races, Democratic primary for Bergen freeholder

By David Wildstein, March 31 2020 9:58 pm

Six Democrats have filed for two seats on the Bergen County Board of Freeholders, setting up a primary forced by off-the-line congressional challengers seeking to avoid ballot Siberia.

Incumbent Joan Voss and her running mate, Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache, will run on the Bergen County Democratic organization line with three incumbent congressmen, Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the 5th district, and Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson in the 9th, and Albio Sires (D-West New York), who represents Fairview in the 8th.

Laura Occhipinti and Patricia Henry are bracketing with Arati Kreibich, a Glen Rock councilwoman who is challenging Gottheimer for the Democratic nomination.

Daniel Kim and Edmund Fanning filed for freeholder the “Not Me, Us” slogan.  They are bracketed with Zina Spezakis, who is challenging Pascrell.

That means the third candidate in the race, Alp Basaran, will get the worst possible ballot position.

It’s not immediately clear if Sires’ primary opponent, Hector Oseguera, will bracket with one of the two rival slates.

Republicans almost had a contested primary for Bergen County freeholder against Ron Kistner and Simone Tsigounis.

Joseph Letizia and William Taylor tried to run against the organization candidates in order to guarantee that Frank Pallotta, one of five candidates for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 5th district, so he wouldn’t  get lost on the ballot.

Pallotta’s campaign manager, Kelly Ann Hart, circulated petitions for Letizia and Taylor, according to emails obtained by the New Jersey Globe.

The move could be interpreted as a signal that Bergen County GOP Chairman Jack Zisa will give the organization line to former Cresskill councilman John McCann.

McCann won a vote of the Bergen County Republican Policy Committee that was held prior to the cancellation of the GOP convention.

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