This year’s race for Bergen County freeholder will include a candidate from the Green Party competing with full slates of Democrats and Republicans.
Richard Siegel, a Green Party candidate from Teaneck, has secured a spot on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Richard sees plenty of reasons to run, if only to offer an alternative to the two major parties.
Siegel, a former Democrat, said he sees Democrats and Republicans as “two committees of the same corporate elite party.”
A musician and teacher, he said environmental issues are a key to the race.
He opposes the shipping of crude oil by rail cars through 11 Bergen County towns. He also would ban fracking, the practice of extracting oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing of rock deep underground.
Siegel teaches music at the Crestwood Music Education Center in Eastchester, N.Y. He also serves as music minister at the Unity of Montclair Church.
“I’d like to think I stand a chance,” Siegel said Friday. “And even if I didn’t, I feel it’s important for the Green Party to have a place on the ballot.”