GLEN ROCK - Republican Councilman Bill Leonard, said he is "so excited" to join Bergen County's 38th district ticket to run for state Assembly in November.
"I was approached after a candidate dropped out last month," Leonard said on Aug. 14 in an email. "Since joining the ticket, the support and excitement in District 38 has been incredible. My running mates Chris Wolf [Assembly candidate] and Kelly Langschultz [Senate candidate] are amazing individuals."
Matt Seymour, an attorney, dropped out of the Assembly race and changed his party affiliation to Democrat in June.
Leonard was elected to a three-year term on the Glen Rock Council in November.
If elected to the Assembly, Leonard, 25, would be the youngest member of the New Jersey Legislature.
The district is currently represented by Democratic incumbents state Senator Bob Gordon and Assemblymen Tim Eustace and Joe Lagana.
Leonard is the director of enrollment management at Bergen Catholic High School. He graduated from Lafayette College in 2014.
Leonard said he decided to join his running mates "because I believe we share a passion for service and responsible leadership."