Source: Kazmark to Drop out of CD11 Race; Will Back Sherrill

Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark will not run for Congress in the 11th District next year, and will instead back retired Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill, according to a Democratic Party source.

A popular local presence, Kazmark stuck a big toe into the 11th District, gauging his chances as that Democratic alternative to run in 2018 against a town hall-resistant U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11).

But he ultimately shied away from pulling the trigger on a run this week, deciding instead to back Sherill, a Montclair mom and former prosecutor.


It’s a significant move, and a big win for Sherrill ($195K in the bank, according to the Federal Campaign Commission) as she looks to gain traction against Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett (already a declared candidate). Kazmark – whom Passaic sources saw as a possible rival to Bartlett – appeared to have stronger grassroots support than Bartlett as long as his name circulated in the home county portion of the district.

The endorsement by a fellow Passaic County elected official – one with local muscle – of Sherrill, hurts Bartlett. But Kazmark’s decision not to run gives an opening to the Passaic elected official from Wayne.

Another possible candidate and a resident of Sherrill’s home county of Essex, Livingston Councilman Al Anthony (Pictured above with Kazmark) has not yet made a final decision about whether or not he will run next year.

Mikie Sherrill outside Frelinghuysen’s district office.
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