Election 2021: Legislative District 39

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

The 39th District encompasses 23 communities in Bergen and Passaic counties: Bloomingdale, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Mahwah, Montvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ringwood, River Vale, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Wanaque, Washington, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake. 

Voter registration is very close — 30% Democrat and 29% Republican. But while most other voters have no declared party affiliation, they tend to vote red. 

Three candidates are running for the Senate. The Republican incumbent is Holly Schepisi, who was chosen to fill the seat until this election following the death earlier this year of longtime senator Gerald Cardinale. Schepisi is a hospital official from River Vale. Ruth Dugan, former president of the Saddle River Board of Education, is the Democratic candidate. Libertarian James Tosone, a Washington Township man who has run for state and federal office in the past, is also on the ballot. 

Two Democrats and two Republicans are vying for the two Assembly seats. The incumbents, both Republicans, are Robert Auth, a small-business owner from Old Tappan, and former Upper Saddle River Councilwoman DeAnne DeFuccio. The Democrats are Melinda Iannuzzi, Mayor of Demarest, and Karlito Almeda, a Mahwah native and aide to Sen. Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.

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