Nominating packets can be picked up for Ridgewood Council seats
Thursday February 13, 2014, 11:03 AM
BY DARIUS AMOS
The Ridgewood News
Nominating packets are now available for pickup by residents interested in running for Ridgewood Council this spring.
Two seats on the village’s governing body, each carrying a four-year term, will be up for grabs during the municipal election in May.
The Ridgewood Council is a non-partisan, five-member body that carries out the municipality’s legislative functions, including the passage of new ordinances and the approval of bills and payments, among other responsibilities. Council members, who receive an annual stipend, hold open public meetings at least twice a month and also serve on other village boards and committees.
Ridgewood’s chief executive, the village manager, is directed by the municipal council.
Residency as well as a completed nominating petition is requisite to run for council, and individuals have until March 10 to file their petitions at Village Hall.
The election will be conducted on May 13, and the two winners will be sworn into office on July 1.
Tom Riche, who is serving his second non-concurrent term with the Village Council, has not publicly expressed his decision to seek reelection. On Tuesday, he told The Ridgewood News that he was still undecided about another term, saying he is “keeping my options open.”
Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh announced in December that she will not seek reelection, choosing instead to focus on winning a bid as a Republican nominee for Bergen County freeholder. The Bergen County GOP will select its two party representatives in March, and the freeholder election takes place in November.