Barnegat Leader

Kropf, Pipi Keep Barnegat Township Committee All-GOP

Nov 16, 2018

The Barnegat Township Committee will remain all-Republican as Linda Kropf and Pasquale Pipi won two three-year terms on Nov. 6. Kropf, currently a board of education member, had 5,228 votes, while Pipi had 5,026.

The Democrat tandem of Paul Whitcraft (3,960) and Daniel Ward (3,910) fell short. After running unsuccessfully last year, they tried again in 2018 to be “new voices to counter the one-party rule.”

“I really want to thank our campaign manager,” Township Committeeman Al Bille, said Pipi. “He pushed us and encouraged us, and we’re glad our message came through.”

Pipi said that during meet-and-greet the candidate events, he stressed the importance of a strong police force. 

“I said that a poorly run police department can lower property values,” he said. “I think that resonated well. Meanwhile, I know I have a lot to learn, but I know we have good guys on the committee who I’ve been friends with, so I’m hoping for a smooth transition.”

Kropf added, “We’re so thankful that so many voters had the confidence in us. We look to continue the progress the committee has made over the years.”

The two will take office at the New Year’s Day reorganization meeting.

Whitcraft and Ward later released a statement: “We’re disappointed, but we are extremely grateful to all our many supporters who gave their time and efforts for our cause. We ran an honest, issues-based campaign and that is something to be proud of.”

Mayor Frank Caputo and Committeeman Joseph Lopes did not seek re-election. E.E.

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