RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.– Ridgefield Park's five incumbents swept Tuesday's non-partisan Board of Commissioners election, defeating a full slate of political newcomers in the villages most competitive election in two decades.
The "Continued Responsive Government" ticket came out on top: Longtime Mayor George Fosdick was rejoined by Commissioners John Anlian, Margaret Boyd, Adam MacNeill and Hugo Poli.
Fosdick was the leading vote getter with 1,268, followed by Boyd (1,212); Anlian and Poli (1,197); and Macneill (1,185).
"It was an across the board victory all over town,which I think is very important," Fosdick told Daily Voice. "
The mayor was encouraged by the "confidence" voters placed in his ticket. But, "You don't rest on your laurels," he added. "We'll work harder to justify the confidence. It increases the burden."
Behind them were members of "The People's Voice" ticket: Richard Tecchio (427), Junior Hernández and Theodore Tabasco (405), Natalie Quiñones (401) and Ronald Hidalgo (385).
Despite coming up short, "It was a great election, a great experience." Hidalgo told Daily Voice. "This is a learning experience. We build from here."
Fosdick has been mayor since 1992. He said the reason he's been in office so long is because he has no higher political ambitions. The same goes for the rest of his running mates.
"We're not political," said Fosdick. "Our agenda is Ridgefield Park. We are interested only in the town."
Elections in Ridgefield Park are non-partisan, with all candidates running equally. The five elected commissioners selects one of them as mayor and designates each member as commissioner over an area of government.
Those commissioners then act as final authority over their departments -- with the power to hire and fire, set salaries, allocate personnel, and conduct other management functions.
"We're proud of what we've done and I think people will be proud of what we'll do over the next four years," said Anlian.