TOMS RIVER – Councilman Jeffrey Carr has chosen not to run for re-election, and newcomer Louis J. Gallipoli II will take his place on the Republican ticket in November.
In a letter of resignation, Carr wrote: “This is a difficult decision to say the least. I have given this much thought and consideration. My decision is based on personal matters that affect my family, health and business.”
Carr will serve out his term, which ends Dec. 31.
“I am proud to have served our community and look forward to the mayor, council and administration continuing those worthy efforts,” he wrote.
Robert DiBiase, president of the Toms River Republican club, explained how the decision was made to pick his replacement.
After Carr announced his withdrawal, the club and elected officials discussed the next steps, he said. He solicited for Ward 3 candidates and reviewed 25 names.
The top six of these were asked for screening interviews. Of them, four decided to interview.
These people were screened by a committee of approximately a dozen elected officials, club members and officers, he said. The screening committee selected Gallipoli, and recommended him to the County Municipal Committee, which was chaired by Pete Van Dyke.
Van Dyke, DiBiase, and the 3rd Ward representatives met and they unanimously accepted him as the candidate.
Gallipoli is a certified public accountant with Gallipoli and Gallipoli, Toms River, and president of Gallipoli Wealth Management.
His resume lists a series of professional organizations, as well as nonprofit ones. He is a member of Community Medical Center’s Planned Giving Committee, the Greater-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis International, of which he was a past president.
He has been a member of the Toms River Business Improvement District and the planning board. He is married with three children.