CANDIDATES

2019 CANDIDATES 

Michael J. Testa

Michael J. Testa

NJ State Senate

Before I get into the issues facing our state and my plans to address them, let me take just a few moments to share a little about who I am and where I came from.

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My family has deep roots in Cumberland County and South Jersey.

On my Dad’s side, my great-grandparents emigrated from Italy – legally, by the way – to secure a better future for their children and themselves.

My grandfather became the first elected Mayor of the City of Vineland in and went on to become a Judge, despite not even speaking English until the 1st grade.  His son, my father, went on to start and build our family law firm where I now practice.

On Mom’s side, my grandparents were Polish Jews who met in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and were, thank God, freed by Allied soldiers.  After the war, they came to the United States, where my Mom was born. They settled in Buena and ran a chicken farm that I fondly recall playing at as a kid.

My parents and grandparents instilled in me the same core values that my wife, Julie, and I are trying to teach our own three children: treat everyone as you would like to be treated, help those less fortunate than you, work hard and play by the rules.

As parents out there know, it’s a challenge in today’s’ world.

I am a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and I received a Masters at Temple University Beasley School of Law. My wife Julie and live in Vineland with our three children, Eva Marie, Sarah, and Tripp.

Julie is the engine that makes our family go. She is a former Miss New Jersey, currently a school librarian in Vineland, and made me the luckiest guy in the world when we were married.

As you heard, public service has been an important part of our family’s history when I was growing up.  As an adult, I made a commitment to continuing that legacy long before ever considering a run for public office.

At 26, I was the Board Chairman of the Vineland Downtown Improvement District/Main Street Vineland.  I am a proud member of the Greater Vineland Chapter of the NAACP and Past Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties.

And, as the incredibly proud father of two little girls, I have been the Board President of the Vineland Regional Dance company for several years, and the 2016 recipient of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance Paul Aiken Encore Award for his dedication to the arts in South Jersey.

Antwan McClellan

Antwan McClellan

State Assembly

Bio coming soon.

Erik Simonsen

Erik Simonsen

State Assembly

My name is Erik Simonsen, and I am seeking your support in the race to be your next Assemblymen for Legislative District One.

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I have spent my entire life in South Jersey. I’m raising my two beautiful daughters in Lower Township with my wife, Anna. 
 
I am running for Assembly to fight for families and retirees in Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Far too often, Trenton Leaders have forgotten us. We deserve better.
 
As Mayor of Lower Twp., I understand that many local families and retirees live on fixed incomes. However, Trenton Democrats are always looking for a new tax… even taxing the rain.
 
Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats constantly act like the only solution to a problem is to raise taxes. During their last budget, Trenton politicians rallied together to raise taxes by billions while simultaneously taking away millions in funding from our local school districts.
 
As a current Athletic Director, former Assistant Principal, and a Special Education teacher for 18 years, I know the Murphy Administration’s school funding decisions will greatly impact the value of our children’s education, and force taxpayers to foot larger bills.
 
This upcoming election, we must send a message that WE, South Jersey, deserve a voice. We will refuse to continue to be Murphy’s piggy bank.
 
We need real Republican leadership who will fight for the values of Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. As a former wrestler and head coach, I know to “Never Back Down and Never Quit.” These are the values I will bring to this year’s Assembly campaign. Republicans outnumber Democrats in our district, and it is time to win back our State Senate and Assembly Seats. 
E. Marie Hayes

E. Marie Hayes

Freeholder

E. Marie Hayes was first sworn into office on February 1, 2013 to fill an unexpired term on the Freeholder Board, then re-elected in 2014 and 2017 and will serve until December 31, 2019.

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As Freeholder, she is the Director of Tourism & Public Information, Public Offices and Transportation overseeing the Board of Elections, Culture and Heritage, Fare Free Transportation, Library, Museum, Park/Zoo, Print Shop, Surrogate and Tax Board. She is Freeholder Liaison to the Women’s Commission, Library Commission, Park Advisory Board, ACCC School of Estimate, Special Services and Technical School Board of Estimate and the
Jersey Shore Partnership. Freeholder Hayes is the First Vice President of the New Jersey Association of Counties and the Vice President of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association. She also represents the Board on the County Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

In the late 1970’s, Freeholder Hayes was hired by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office as an Investigator. During the majority of her career, she was assigned to Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Investigations. Freeholder Hayes rose through the ranks being promoted to Sergeant of Detectives, Lieutenant of Detectives and retiring as Captain of Detectives in 2009. She also served as the Vice President of PBA Local 59.

Freeholder Hayes received her Associate Degree from Atlantic Cape Community College, where she also was an Adjunct Professor teaching Criminal Investigation. She received a Bachelor Degree in Human Services, with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison State College and is a 1996 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Freeholder Hayes received the Woman of Wonder award in 2016 and the prestigious Boy Scouts of America Woman of Achievement Award in 2018. She is also being honored by Atlantic Cape Community College as one of the Alumni of the Year in 2019 and has been asked to be the commencement speaker at the 2019 graduation ceremony. In June, she will receive an award from Women United Power of the Purse. Freeholder Hayes is active in the community where she resides with her husband Lloyd of 37 years. She has two grown daughters Danielle and Megan, a grown son Henry Lloyd, a son-in-law Vince and six grandchildren. She is also the proud sister of 4 brothers all Veterans having served in the Navy, Air Force and Army. Her husband Lloyd is also a Navy veteran.

Gerald Thornton

Gerald Thornton

Freeholder

Thornton was elected freeholder in 1995. A former freeholder for 11 years (1976-1987) and former director for 3 years, Thornton attended Kellogg Community College and the University of Maryland Overseas Extension

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An 11-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Thornton attended technical schools including Air Traffic Controller, Space Tracking and Telemetry, Automatic Radar, Management and Supervision and Non-Commissioned Officers Academy. Thornton is the proud father of 2 sons, Christopher and Mark, 2 granddaughters Kirby and Shelby, and 2 grandsons Christopher David and Matthew Mark. 
 

Edwin “Ed” Koehler

Edwin “Ed” Koehler

Councilman-At-Large

Your interest in our town is greatly appreciated. My interest started more than 65 years ago when our family first moved from Philadelphia down to the shore.

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As a child I loved our town for providing us with a security which allowed us to explore and be children in every sense of the word. My love for our town grew as I went through our excellent school systems. By then the sand was truly in my shoes. I was fortunate enough to marry a wonderful young lady, who became an exceptionally good mother to our four children. They have provided us with seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who now go to the same inspiring schools that I attended.

Thanks to the voters of North Wildwood, I am now in a position to serve our town and all of its people, who I so greatly admire. If I can be of any service to you, please feel free to call, either at our home located at 217 West 22nd Avenue, or our phone, whose number is (609) 522-6009. As your Councilman I am available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I truly hope my hometown becomes your hometown.

Salvatore T. Zampirri, Sr.

Salvatore T. Zampirri, Sr.

Council President

Salvatore T. Zampirri, Sr. has resided in North Wildwood since 1994. 

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Personal:
 

Married:
Via Karavangelos (1994)
Sons:
Salvatore T. Zampirri Jr., Cabrini College
Anthony D. Zampirri, Wildwood Catholic H.S.

Personal History:
 

Born and raised in Frankford section of Philadelphia.
Graduate of Frankford High School 1988.
North Wildwood resident since 1994.

Professional and Volunteer:
 

Owner of Wildwood Boardwalk Restaurant (Hot Spot 4) since 1994.
Licensed Real Estate agent with Blue Ocean Realty.
Greater Wildwood Little League Coach 2002- 2012.
Greater Wildwood Little League Board Member 2007- 2012.
Greater Wildwood Arena Football Coach 2009- 2012

Office, Boards and Committees:

Former Vice President, North Wildwood Republican Club.
Wildwood Boardwalk S.I.D. Board – Vice President.
Urban Enterprise Zone Board.
City Council President 2014 – Present
City Councilman, 2nd Ward 2011-Present
City Council Public Works Committee 2011
City Council Public Safety Committee 2012 – Present
City Council Administration Committee 2012. 2013 – Present, Chairman
City Bike Path Advisory Committee 2011 – Present
City Tourist Development Committee 2012 – Present

Margaret "Peggy" Bishop

Margaret "Peggy" Bishop

Councilwoman 1st Ward

Peggy Bishop has resided in North Wildwood since 1952. 

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Married to the Late Louis Bishop, Sr.
Sons: Louis, Jr. and Timothy

Professional and Volunteer:
Former Cape May County Vocational Counselor.
Former North Wildwood Police Department Seasonal Clerk.
Charter Member Deborah Hospital Wildwood Chapter.
Volunteer of Greater Wildwood Elks Veteran’s Committee.
Office, Boards and Committees:

  • Active in County & State Republican Party and North Wildwood Republican Club.
  • Former North Wildwood Councilwoman:
  • Served on Administration, Finance & Public Safety Committees.
  • Current North Wildwood Councilwoman 2011- Present.
    Served on Finance Committee 2011 – 2013.
    Serving on Public Safety Committee 2014 – Present.

History
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The GOP, “Grand Old Party,” first took roots in 1854 with a small group of dedicated abolitionists gathered to fight against the expansion of slavery and in hopes of starting a Party dedicated to freedom and equal opportunity.

our leaders
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Chairman | Marcus Karavan
1st Vice Chair | Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt
2nd Vice Chair | Timothy Donohue
Recording Secretary | Diane Weiland
Treasurer | Antwan McClellan
Corresponding Secretary | Melanie Collins
Sergeant at Arms | Thomas Conrad

contact info
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Address: P.O Box 1069

Wildwood NJ 08260, United States

Phone: (609) 602 - 0056

Email: info@cmcgop.com