Ridgewood City Council candidate ‘regrets’ racist, anti-gay online comments he made as a teen

Juan Ardila, a candidate for City Council in District 30 challenging incumbent Robert Holden, said he “regrets” the racist, anti-gay and misogynistic language he used in social media posts as a teenager, after they surfaced in news reports earlier this week. 

The New York Post reported on Ardila’s Facebook posts, in which he used an anti-Asian slur against Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, derogatory words against women, gay people, Polish people and Jews, as well as a purported use of the “N-word.” The now-deleted posts appear to have been posted 10 years ago, when Ardila, who is currently 27 years old, was in high school.

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