New Jersey, November 12: In the age of retirement have you seen that anybody at mayor’s post , if not then here is an example. A 93 year old World War II veteran scored a surprise victory over an incumbent New Jersey mayor’s election. Vito Perillo defeated Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning in the nonpartisan municipal race.
Perillo, a U.S. Navy veteran served in the Pacific theater. He worked as an electronics engineer and then an accountant after serving in the Navy during WWII. Perillo says he was motivated to run for office due to the continued increase in taxes and a lack of trust in the government.
Perillo received 53 percent of the vote to Turning’s 46 percent, according to unofficial results from the Monmouth County Board of Elections. Perillo said he wore out two pairs of shoes campaigning door-to-door. “I had a tough road, but I thought I would give it a go,” he said.
"I started this journey because I was disappointed with the lack of transparency and accountability in the Tinton Falls government," he said. "I felt the residents deserved a bigger voice and I wanted to give that voice back to the them. Seeing my neighbors forced to move due to the constant rise in property taxes was the last straw that made me petition to be on the ballot." He added.