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Michael Wildes campaigns for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Englewood in June 2018. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Wildes easily wins Englewood mayor primary

Beats Meisner by almost 2-1

By David Wildstein, June 06 2018 4:47 am

Michael Wildes scored a big victory in his bid to return as mayor of Englewood, defeating organization candidate Phil Meisner by a 64%-36% margin after a contentious Democratic primary.

Running off the organization line, Wildes beat Meisner 2,675 to 1,504 – a margin of 1,171 votes – in a contentious and often nasty race.

Wildes was elected mayor in 2004 and re-elected in 2007.  He did not seek re-election to a third term in 2010 and was succeeded by a rival, Frank Huttle.

Huttle did not seek re-election and backed Meisner, the Democratic Municipal Chairman.  Wildes also swept control of the Democratic County Committee.

The politically ambitious Wildes, who has $700,000 in a federal campaign account, put $200,000 of his own money into his bid for mayor of the city of 27,000.  Among his campaign donors was Yoko Ono.

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