ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Evelyn M. D'Amato has been chosen to run as a Democratic candidate for Borough Council.
She joins Edward M. Colelli in seeking the two Council seats at stake in the Nov. 5 election and replaces Tara Shah on the Democratic ticket.
Shah withdrew from the race Monday, Aug. 26, citing "personal issues and relocation to the West Coast."
D'Amato's candidacy has been endorsed by the eight-member Atlantic Highlands Democratic County Executive Committee and has won the support of leading borough Democrats including Councilmen Roy Dellosso and Robert Sutton.
"We are disappointed that Tara has found it necessary to step down but we are very pleased to have such a highly qualified individual as Evelyn D'Amato to replace her," said former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue, the Democratic municipal chairman. "Evelyn has a long history of civic involvement in our town and continues our tradition of offering voters a clear choice for Borough Council."
D'Amato is a recently retired registered nurse and has served as a member of the Atlantic Highlands Board of Education and as a Democratic district committeewoman. She is a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church and its adult choir and a member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society.
She is a 30-year resident of the borough, lives on North avenue and has been married to Alfred D'Amato for 37 years. The couple has an adult son, Darren.
Colelli, a widower, lives on Bay avenue and is a 40-year borough resident. He has been a foreign car mechanic for over 40 years and is a former union shop steward.
Several years ago Colelli and his late wife, Eileen, co-chaired the Committee Against High-Density Housing, which successfully fought off a K. Hovnanian housing proposal on the McConnell property on the borough's west side.
He has three children and four grandchildren.