Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock Will Not Run in NJ’s 11th Congressional District Election

At his First Ward Community Meeting on March 23, Councilor Hurlock was asked if he intended to run for U.S. Congress to fill United States Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat in the 11th district. Hurlock said he would make an announcement on that issue on April 2.

His statement has just been released:

“As many of you know, it is no secret that I aspire to continue to serve the public in elected office – if the people would have me.

I am humbled and flattered with the outpouring of support from people in Montclair, my home town in Morris County and all over New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District – from those who identify as Republicans, Democrats, Independents, liberals and conservatives – people of all political persuasions. The letters, emails, calls, texts, meetings and social media messages offering support and genuine encouragement meant a great deal to me.

I want to thank everyone who reached out to me. I especially want to thank my friend and colleague Mayor Jackson for his kind words at his recent press conference. I consider it a true honor and privilege to serve with him and to be a part of the wonderful things he has done here in Montclair.

I grew up in Morris County, before attending college (the first person in my family to do so) and later law school in Washington, D.C. My father served as a detective lieutenant on our town’s police force for 28 years and my mother still serves as a teacher’s aide as she has for the last 38 years at the local elementary school. My parents instilled in me the importance of public service. It is something that I hold very dear to my heart.

I served on the staff of a member of Congress from New Jersey and on the staff of a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom. I was a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. I had the privilege of working in all three branches of Government in our nation’s Capital. I truly enjoy serving and working to make things better for everyone.

Timing – like many things in life as they say – is everything. Unfortunately, there simply was not enough time to gear up for an election and conduct the campaign the way I believe it should be done.

Moreover, even if there was ample time, at this point, I continue to have a little over 2 years remaining in my elected position serving the residents of the First Ward on the Montclair Town Council. Working together with my constituents, there remains a great many things I still want to accomplish here in town.

As such, after consulting with my family, friends and advisors I have decided that I will not be running for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District seat in this upcoming election. Thank you.”

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  1. Left unsaid is which primary Hurlock would have run in: Republican. Also left unsaid is the fact that Hurlock would have been an overwhelming underdog in the Republican primary against Jay Webber.

    Going forward, will Hurlock endorse Webber? He’ll have an opportunity to do so this Thursday night, as Webber will be in town with the Montclair Republicans at Greek Taverna. Or will Hurlock play it safe and not endorse anyone, since the presumptive Democratic nominee, Mikie Sherrill, is a Montclair resident?

  2. Very astute analysis Johnlayne. I would put your money down on no endorsement. This is a non-partisan town government. The less party politics showing, the better for long term service to hold that Council seat.

  3. Curious: has Hurlock endorsed his party’s (Republican) standard bearer, Jay Webber? Or will we see one of those Mikie Sherrill signs on his front lawn?

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