93-Year-Old WWII Vet Runs Campaign Against Corrupt Mayor – How Did He Do?
Yesterday was election day and all around the country candidates squared off against each other for respective leadership positions in their communities. Tinton Falls, New Jersey had come under some controversy when their current Mayor was found to have some shady dealings. When no one else stood up to this, it took the courage of a 93-year-old WWII to run against him, so how did he do?
Vito Perillo is a 93-year-old Navy veteran who served in the Pacific theater of war during WWII. Gerald Turning is the current mayor of Tinton Falls, having served as the police chief for seven years prior to that. However, some whistleblower lawsuits against the police department cost them over $1 million and Turning was at the center of the scandal. So Vito Perillo ran a mayoral campaign against him and pulled off a major upset by winning with 53% of the vote.
“I wanted to run because I was upset with some of the things this administration is doing.”
– Vito Perillo
It just goes to show you that heroes can always fight for a good cause no matter how old they get. Vito Perillo is the hero that Tinton Falls needs and now he is the mayor they deserve, determined to clean up the corruption facing the city.