Michael Wildes Elected Mayor in Landslide, Vows to Begin Work to ‘Renew Englewood’ Immediately
Candidate Hosts Gov. Murphy for Election Day Campaigning
ENGLEWOOD, NJ – Michael Wildes was elected in a landslide on Tuesday and will serve as the next Mayor of the City of Englewood. Wildes, who previously served two terms as Mayor before stepping back to help raise his family and manage his successful immigration law practice, won 84% of the vote in a high-turnout election. The win follows a monumental victory for Wildes in the June Democratic Primary election, where he won 2-1 despite not appearing on the Democratic Party Ballot Line. Wildes will be sworn in as Mayor in January.
“I am incredibly grateful to the residents of our community who spoke loudly and clearly that they want strong leadership in City Hall to Renew Englewood,” said Wildes. “Englewood has given me so much, and I’m ready once again to get to work serving this community. I’ve always believed that public service is a public trust, and I ask the residents to continue the trust they have placed in me as we work to confront the very serious financial challenges facing the city.”
Before the polls closed, Wildes was visited by Governor Phil Murphy who was traveling throughout the state campaigning for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and local Democrats. Gov. Murphy toured Wildes’ W. Palisades Avenue immigration law office before walking the city’s central business district, with stops at several local businesses and in the ShopRite shopping center where the duo greeted shoppers and urged them to vote.
“It’s an honor that the Governor chose to spend some of his precious time on Election Day here in Englewood because he recognizes the important role our city can play not just in politics, but in moving our entire state forward,” said Wildes. “I’m also thankful that the outgoing Mayor and Assemblywoman joined us in a wonderful show of unity as we work to move our city forward, and I’m particularly thankful for the early and strong support I received from Assemblyman Gordon Johnson in this campaign.”
Wildes held an Election Night gathering at his campaign headquarters that was attended by Councilman at-Large Charles Cobb, who was also victorious yesterday, as well as Council members Michael Cohen, Cheryl Rosenberg and Katherine Glynn, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and dozens of supporters. He also organized a robust Get Out the Vote rally for Senator Menendez and Democratic candidates recently that was attended by State Senator Loretta Weinberg and a host of local and regional political leaders.