Barnegat Leader

Kropf, Pipi Are on GOP Committee Slate in Barnegat

Oct 19, 2018
Supplied Photo Linda Kropf (left) and Pasquale Pipi

Barnegat Township Board of Education member Linda Kropf and newcomer Pasquale Pipi are running as the Republican ticket for two three-year terms on the Barnegat Township Committee seats on Nov. 6. Mayor Frank Caputo and Committeeman Joseph Lopes declined to seek re-election.

A 69-year-old retired communications consultant who moved to Barnegat 14 years ago, Kropf said running her business for 25 years has given her a “strong background in sound fiscal management.”

“I will be completing four years of service as a member of the Barnegat Board of Education in December,”  said Kropf, who is also vice chairman of the zoning board. “The board of education members are responsible for structuring and overseeing a budget in excess of $50 million for the Barnegat School District.”

She said Barnegat “is a diverse landscape comprised of the east and west sides; family residential areas, multiple active adult communities, affordable housing, and restricted income housing.”

“Each of these has its own unique perspectives and concerns,” she said. “One of my main goals as a member of the Barnegat Township Committee will be to bring all of these groups together and identify alternatives that will help foster a sense of community and pride in our town.”

Kropf said she believes strongly in community support of charity and the arts in Ocean County. 

“For the last nine years I have been directly involved in fundraising events for the American Heart Association, the Garden State Philharmonic, scholarships for Barnegat High School seniors,  as well as multiple charitable organizations in both Barnegat and Ocean County,” she said.

Kropf said one of the major challenges ahead is building the new township hall.

“We have more business and retail development,” she said “Hopefully this will be very positive for the town.”   

The 67-year-old Pipi, who is a retired restaurateur, moved to Barnegat in 2004 and “quickly fell in love with the town.”

“I was very interested in volunteering,” he said. “One of my first loves is softball, and I’ve been involved with the men’s softball league at the (Four Seasons at Mirage) for the past 10 years. Through that association, I got to know some of the people serving on the township committee. Many of the people in the Republican club are good friends of mine, so when they approached me about running, I accepted.”

Pipi applauds the current committee for its “dedication to keeping a strong police force.”

“They just hired four men, and if they wanted to hire two more, that would be fine by me,” he said. “Having a weak police force is one way to lower property values. Our residents should be able to sleep comfortably at night, knowing they are safe.”

The candidate said he is pleased with how the town has improved recreation facilities the last few years.

“When I moved here, there was nothing happening at the Lower Shore Road complex,” he said. “Now we have some beautiful fields there, and there also are more playground areas for children that have been fixed up. That’s why I feel this committee and the professional staff in town hall have moved the town in the right direction.”

— Eric Englund

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