Meet the 93-year-old World War II vet who scored underdog win in mayor race

TINTON FALLS — Vito Perillo knew he faced a tough challenge when he decided to run for Tinton Falls mayor against a well-known incumbent with longstanding ties to the community.

But the underdog 93-year-old World War II veteran was undeterred. When the returns were counted, Perillo scored a big upset and ousted Mayor Gerald Turning by 300 votes in the non-partisan election for the borough of 19,000 residents.

“I didn’t think I had a chance,” Perillo said in his living room Wednesday morning. “I was told by a lot of people that he (Turning) had a lot of connections, he …read more

Source: NJ.com Monmouth

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