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Arthur W. (Bud) Vervaet, Jr. (July 10, 1913 – November 20, 1999) was an American Republican Party politician who served four terms in the New Jersey General Assembly.

Born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, Vervaet graduated from Butler High School in 1931 and from the University of Notre Dame in 1936.[1] He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed by W.R. Grace and Company, and then for the Vervaet Woven Label, a New Jersey-based family business.

He was elected Councilman in Oakland, New Jersey in 1950, and served as Mayor of Oakland from 1952 to 1953. He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1951, and was re-elected in 1953, 1955 and 1957.[2] He was elected to the Bergen County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1958 and resigned his Assembly seat after taking office in 1959.[3] He was re-elected Freeholder in 1961. In 1965, Vervaet became a candidate for the New Jersey State Senate. Backed by the Republican County Chairman, Walter H. Jones, he won a hotly contested Republican Primary in which the incumbent Senator, Pierce H. Deamer Jr., who defeated for renomination. Vervaet received 10,519 more votes than Deamer.[4] But Vervaet lost the General Election in what turned out to be a heavily Democratic year. He trailed Alfred Kiefer by nearly 8,000 votes.[5] He was married to Dorothy Ryerson MacEvoy Vervaet (1921-1973) and had three children: Gat, Alden, and Karen.[6]

1965 Republican Primary for State Senator - Bergen County - Four SeatsEdit

Candidate Office Votes
Marion West Higgins Incumbent Assembly Speaker 33769
Peter Moraites Incumbent Assemblyman 32,214
Nelson G. Gross Former Assemblyman 31,220
Arthur Vervaet Former Assemblyman 30,759
Pierce H. Deamer, Jr. Incumbent State Senator 20,240
Richard Vander Plaat Incumbent Assemblyman 20,211
Harry Randall, Jr. Incumbent Assemblyman 17,971
John J. Breen Attorney 3,195

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arthur Vervaet Jr. of Oakland, 86", The Record (Bergen County), November 23, 1999. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Mr. Vervaet, who was born in Pompton Lakes and attended a one-room schoolhouse in Oakland, graduated from Butler High School in 1931. He was a 1936 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned letters on the varsity tennis team."
  2. ^ Coutros, Evonne. "ARTHUR VERVAET JR. OF OAKLAND, 86 -- DECORATED VETERAN WAS TOWN'S MAYOR"[dead link], The Record (Bergen County), November 23, 1999. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Arthur W. Vervaet Jr., a former state assemblyman, Bergen County freeholder, and mayor of Oakland, died Saturday at his home in Oakland."
  3. ^ Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual of New Jersey. Joseph J. Gribbons. 1958.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns".
  6. ^ Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual of New Jersey. Joseph J. Gribbons. 1958.
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns". Retrieved 3 December 2014.