Election 2021: Legislative District 37

NJ Spotlight News | September 20, 2021 | NJ Decides 2021

The 37th District includes 13 communities in Bergen County: Alpine, Bogota, Cresskill, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Leonia, Northvale, Palisades Park, Rockleigh, Teaneck and Tenafly.

Half the registered voters are Democrats, about 14% are Republicans and most of the rest are unaffiliated.

Three candidates are running for the Senate seat that Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is vacating. Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, a consultant from Englewood, is the Democratic nominee. Michael Koontz, an independent screenwriter living in Hackensack, is the Republican candidate. Independent Glenn Coley of Englewood is running under the slogan “New Directions.”

Five candidates are vying for two open Assembly seats. The Democratic nominees are Shama Haider, an arts education organization’s development director from Tenafly, and Ellen Park, a former Englewood Cliffs councilwoman. The Republicans are Edward Durfee Jr., a Northvale man who is a state leader in the Oath Keepers antigovernment militia group that law enforcement officials say played a role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, and Patrick Perley, a Teaneck man and U.S. Navy veteran. Independent Natacha Pannell, an Englewood woman who co-founded a nonprofit that raises awareness about violence against people of color, is running under the slogan “Children & Seniors First.”

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