Garofalo Not Running Again in Harvey Cedars

By Eric Englund | Jul 31, 2019

Harvey Cedars — Harvey Cedars Borough Commissioner Michael Garofalo is not seeking re-election to a sixth four-year term in the November election. His seat, along with those of current Mayor Jonathan Oldham and Commissioner Judy Gerkens, are all up for re-election in the non-partisan race held every four years. Gerkens and Oldham have been in office since 1987 and 1991, respectively.

The deadline to file with borough Clerk Daina Dale is Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. Prospective candidates need to turn in petitions with 25 valid signatures of registered voters.

So far, Oldham, Gerkens and residents Andrew Petruzzi, John Imperiale, Paul Rice and Kathleen Ries have picked up petition packets,

“It’s been a great run, but all good things must come to end,” said Garofalo, who is in charge of public safety and has served on the commission since 1999. “This will enable me to spend more time in Florida, and when I’m home in Harvey Cedars, I’m looking forward to relaxing and spending time with my new grandchild.”

For the past 45 years, he and his brother John Garofalo have co-owned Harvey Cedars Shellfish. He also plans to step back from those day-to-day work commitments during the summer.

“My son Mike and daughter Julie will be running it starting next summer,” he said. “They grew up in the business, so we can keep it in the family.”

He added, “We have some good people interested in running, so I’m confident the borough will be in good hands.”

For more information, call the borough clerk’s office at 609-361-6000, extension 112.

—  Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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