County elections may not grab the big headlines but elections do matter. In Bergen County where the number one concern of constituents is always real estate taxes, an important need now is to support Democrat James Tedesco’s battle to unseat Republican Kathleen Donovan as County Executive. One source likens her to the cereal that has long been on your shelf and you routinely pull down to eat (Donovan served 19 years as Bergen County Clerk) versus a cereal that is better for you (Tedesco’s policies.)
Getting people to change their cereal is not always easy. Tedesco brings change and strengths to the job. Donovan, still in her first term in office, is already mired by controversies in her past (while Chair of the NY/NJ PA she sanctioned a policy that was a precursor to Bridgegate), her present (her appointment of hospital task force members slammed by freeholders of both parties on Monday) and possibly her future (American Dream Meadowlands.)
James Tedesco has broad-based experience. He was elected Freeholder in 2013 after serving as councilman and later mayor of Paramus. His professional career includes PSE&G Regional Manager and a union representative. He has been a Paramus Volunteer Firefighter for 37 years, twice served as Department Chief and has been endorsed by the Professional Firefighters Association of NJ. Among those who have been campaigning for him are U. S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Representative Bill Pascrell, retired General Wesley Clark, and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. He released his first cable TV ad on Monday.
Yesterday Tedesco released his education priorities which will expand apprenticeship and internship programs, expand post 21 programs, encourage shared services to reduce overhead costs and duplicative services, and restore a devastating budget cut. This Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 PM, his campaign is participating in a Day of Action Phone Bank hosted by the statewide Democratic Coordinated Campaign at 15 Dyatt Place, Hackensack. To sign up go here.
More on Tedesco, Donovan and the freeholder races tomorrow.