The Atlantic Highlands Herald invited each of the candidates for office to school boards and governing bodies in Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Middletown and Sea Bright to respond to a series of questions about themselves to better inform our readers about their campaigns. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 22. We will post their responses individually and make them available in our Politics Section.
November 2, 2021 – General Election
Profile Date: October 22, 2021
Candidate Name: Tony Perry
Age (as of Election Day): 31
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Position Sought (term): Middletown Township Committee
Party Affiliation or Banner: Republican
Family: Married to my wife, Alannah and we have a one-year-old daughter, Reagan
Education: BA from Temple University
Occupation: Public Relations Manager, Hackensack Meridian Health
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office: Proud to have served the residents of Middletown as a member of the Township Committee since 2017 and I have served as Mayor since 2019.
Why are you seeking office?
I have had the incredible fortune of representing Middletown since 2017 and while I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished, there is still work to do and I am seeking another term on the Township Committee to ensure we preserve and protect the Middletown we all enjoy today.
The two most important issue facing our (board, district, council, committee etc.) are , and _, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The most important issue we deal with is the continued rising costs that government faces each year – and this is often the result of unfunded mandates created by Trenton. It is imperative that we remain fiscally responsible all the while ensuring that our residents receive the services they deserve and expect.
Second, small businesses across our Nation were devastated by COVID-19 and we must work to ensure that they receive all the resources they need to survive. Middletown was fortunate to be the only town in Monmouth County to receive direct CARES Act funding which we used to help the backbone of our economy. In less than two months we implemented and distributed more than $400,000 to local small businesses are they survived through the pandemic. We must continue to ensure they survive the impact of COVID-19, as they employ our residents, support our local charities, and provide the goods and services our residents need.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
During my tenure as a member of the Township Committee, I have worked tirelessly to ensure that our residents know that their government works for them. I don’t believe there is another Township Committee that is more engaged and understanding of our residents and businesses than Middletown. I promise to continue that effort to be the government our residents need and expect.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I am so proud of the many accomplishments we have had over the course of the last three years but just recently, Middletown broke ground on our Veterans Housing Project. This new housing on Leonardville Road will provide honorably discharged Veterans of the United States Military with affordable housing. I cannot think of a better group of people to help than those who have defended our freedoms.
Our fiscal discipline has been at the forefront of every decision we make and residents of this town know that we are shepherds of the taxpayer and we will always work to ensure that each decision we make is fair to the taxpayer.
Finally, our commitment to protecting Middletown is shown in our environmental efforts. Middletown is the first town in the State of New Jersey to offer its residents the ability to recycle styrofoam—a pollutant that no longer clogs our landfills, parks, and waterways but is turned into a reusable product. We protected our beaches and our fisherman when we helped stop a massive pipeline from disturbing our incredible landscape. Thanks to the voters of Middletown, we have expanded our open space trust fund to protect our historic properties, preserve open space and make the necessary upgrades to our recreational facilities.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the residents of this amazing town and I am running today to ensure that my daughter can enjoy the Middletown that we all love. It is the goal of every parent to provide their children with a better life, I want to pass on the best Middletown we can to children like her and the generation that comes after us.