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Perillo, Dobrin, Manginelli win municipal election in Tinton Falls

TINTON FALLS – Incumbent Mayor Vito Perillo has won a second four-year term, while his running mates Dr. Lawrence Dobrin and John Manginelli have won four-year terms on the Borough Council in Tinton Falls. Their terms will run from January 2022 through December 2025.

The 2021 general election was conducted with vote by mail ballots; with early in-person voting on nine days in late October; and with in-person voting on Nov. 2.

According to election results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Perillo received 2,534 votes to win a four-way race for mayor. Perillo turned back a challenge from Ellen Goldberg, who received 2,242 votes; Michael Miles, who received 1,244 votes; and incumbent Councilman Brock Siebert, who received 628 votes.

In the race for the council terms currently held by Manginelli and Siebert, Manginelli received 2,728 votes and Dobrin received 2,296 votes to win the seats, according to the results posted by the clerk’s office.

Mitchell Kulberg, who campaigned with Goldberg, received 2,273 votes. Miles’ running mates Fatima Urcioli and Julio Seda received 1,833 and 1,548 votes, respectively.

The election results are unofficial until they have been certified by the county.

Tinton Falls has a nonpartisan form of municipal government.

When he is sworn in during Tinton Falls’ annual reorganization meeting in January, Perillo, 97, will begin serving his second term as mayor. He thanked his supporters in a Facebook post after the election.

“Thank you to my fellow residents for trusting me to lead Tinton Falls forward for the next four years,” he said. “You may know I am not a politician, but today I stopped to think about why people might vote for me.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a World War II veteran or an ‘old guy’ (hopefully not), or maybe it’s because you read my flier highlighting our accomplishments over the last four years.

“My hope, however, is that it’s because you see I care about our town and the people who live in it above anything else. I promise to do my best every day to ensure every member of our community can be proud to live in Tinton Falls,” Perillo said.

Manginelli was appointed to the Borough Council in 2016 to fill an open seat. In November 2017 he was elected to a four-year term that began in January 2018 and will end in December. His second four-year term will begin in January.

Dobrin was making his first bid for a council seat, which he will be sworn into in January. He is a dentist who operates a private practice in Roselle Park.

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