Vito Perillo, a 93-year-old World War II veteran, scored a shock victory over an incumbent New Jersey mayor in Tuesday’s election.
A 93-year-old World War II veteran scored a shock victory over an incumbent New Jersey mayor in Tuesday’s election.
Vito Perillo defeated Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning within the nonpartisan municipal race.
“I didn’t think I had a chance,” Perillo instructed NJ.com.
But his grandson, Mike Perillo-Gentile, stated he wasn’t shocked. “When he wants to do something, he does it,” Perillo-Gentile stated.
Perillo, a U.S. Navy veteran who served within the Pacific theater, instructed the Asbury Park Press his entry into the race was spurred by a pair of whistleblower lawsuits involving the police division that value the borough a reported $1.1 million in settlements.
Turning was the borough police chief from 2004 to 2011 and in addition was the borough administrator from 2010 to 2014. He was searching for his second time period as mayor after working unopposed in 2014.
Turning wished Perillo nicely in a quick badertion on Facebook.
Perillo obtained 53 % of the vote to Turning’s 46 %, in line with unofficial outcomes from the Monmouth County Board of Elections.
Perillo stated he wore out two pairs of sneakers campaigning door-to-door.
“I had a tough road, but I thought I would give it a go,” he stated.
“I think it’s great,” his granddaughter, Melissa Balsamello, stated. “He’s fulfilled a dream he always had.”