The Galloway Township Republican League and the Galloway Township Municipal County Committee announced the nomination of four Republican Council candidates Tuesday.
The candidates are incumbent Mayor Don Purdy, Timothy Meadows Sr., Frank M. Gargione and Robert Maldonado.
The ticket will face off against the Democrat’s “Restore Galloway” slate, which includes incumbent Councilman Jim McElwee, Bill Montag, Cliff Sudler and Mike Suleiman.
Jorge Coombs, president of the Galloway Township Republican League ,said that spirited campaign and vigorous debate starts Wednesday.
Coombs said in a statement Tuesday that the ticket presents an opportunity for voters to make a choice on candidates that represent the diversity of the community.
Purdy, 40, has lived in the township all of his life and he said his family’s roots date to the 1800s. He was elected to the township council in 2009 and became mayor in 2011 and has served in that position since.
The mayor said he has been a strong advocate for “right sizing” the local government and has advanced initiatives responsive to the taxpayer that promote a more efficient and effective local government. Purdy said during his tenure he has also supported smart planning that encourages responsible growth, especially as it relates to commercial development and positive tax ratables.
Purdy owns three businesses in the township: DP Towing, Purdy Collision and Purdy Automotive. He attended the Galloway Township school system and graduated from Absegami High School in 1990.
Meadows, 57, is a 28-year township resident and lives in the Pomona section. He said he has spent his life helping to improve the lives of those closest to him, as well as those throughout his community. Meadows was previously a member of the Galloway Township Board of Education for seven years, a former member of the township’s Planning Board for four years and a long-time volunteer with the Galloway Police Athletic League.
Meadows was employed with NJ Bell/Bell Atlantic/Verizon for 27 years in various technical operations positions before retiring in 2006. he retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2002 after 26 years of service.
Gargione, 41, has lived in the township for his entire life and lives in the Leeds Point section. He has been a member of the Galloway Township Zoning Board since 2008.
Gargione attended the Galloway Township school system and graduated from Holy Spirit High School in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and master’s in Business Administration. He was employed at Lenox China as a production manager in the Pomona section of the township until the plant closed in 2006. Gargione then purchased Bagel Gourmet in Leeds Point, and is now the owner of three locations — two in Galloway and another franchise in Absecon.
Maldonado, 57, has been a resident of the township for 19 years and lives in the Pomona section. He is a former Democrat member of the Galloway Council after serving from 2000 to 2004. Maldonado said he achieved a broad bipartisan consensus on important fiscal and community development issues of the day during his tenure. In 2004 he became a member of the Republican Party and said he believed that the party was aligned with his fiscal conservative values and saw it as more inclusive to his personal beliefs. He served in the United States Navy for 23 years and retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1994, when he moved to Galloway. He now works as a licensed private detective and a uniformed security officer in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District.
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