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Don Purdy Re-Elected as Galloway Mayor

Anthony Coppola Jr. returns as deputy mayor after Township Council's reorganization meeting on Jan. 2.

Mayor Don Purdy vowed Thursday to concentrate on economic development for Galloway Township.
Mayor Don Purdy vowed Thursday to concentrate on economic development for Galloway Township.
Incumbent Don Purdy was chosen to serve two more years as Galloway Township mayor in a 4-2 vote of Township Council on Thursday night.

Purdy was the only candidate nominated but fellow Republicans Frank Gargione and Robert Maldonado cast dissenting votes.

Purdy, 40, was first elected to council in 2009. He became mayor two years ago after serving as deputy mayor. He owns DP Towing, Purdy Collision and Purdy Automotive. He is a lifelong resident of Galloway Township.

Incumbent Republican Anthony Coppola Jr. was re-elected as deputy mayor in a unanimous vote of Township Council. He was the only candidate nominated.

The selection of the mayor and deputy mayor highlighted Galloway Township's annual reorganization meeting Jan. 2 at the Municipal Complex.

The meeting also included the swearing-in of Purdy and three new Republicans elected in November 2013: Gargione, Maldonado and Timothy Meadows.

The makeup of Township Council now includes six Republicans and a lone Democrat, Jim Gorman.

In brief remarks after his election, Purdy said his main objective is to keep Galloway Township affordable — "a great place to raise your kids and to retire." He said he will concentrate heavily on economic development to attract new businesses (and tax revenue) to the township.

Purdy later congratulated Meadows on being the first black elected to council in Galloway history. He said he was proud of a diverse and committed council.

"Your biggest decision is right now," Galloway Township resident Tom Mitchell said. "Filling Arch's shoes."

Galloway Business Administrator Arch Liston will take the same position in Atlantic City and must be replaced.

galloway7757 January 02, 2014 at 10:08 PM
There is no one to blame but ourselves. We re-elected him in November, and this is how the three incumbents (Coppola, Gorman, and Tyrrell) repaid us.
Richard Wilson January 03, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Amen. Another step in this administration's mediocrity. We need to do better.
Keep Galloway Green January 03, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I'm surprised Gorman voted for him. Sounds like nobody else wants to be Mayor. I'm glad at least 2 councilmen voted against Purdy. He's just another self serving politician who is looking out for >>>>Don Purdy !
Nancy Poley Wallace January 03, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Congratulations Don !!
Terry January 04, 2014 at 08:16 AM
SAD state of affairs in Galloway. Wish I knew what made the good Dr. change his mind
Keep Galloway Green January 04, 2014 at 06:39 PM
So Purdy won on a 4 - 2 vote. If Gorman voted against Purdy being Mayor there would have been 3 - 3 tie. Then what? Who breaks the tie? Gorman got Purdy in as Mayor....amazing!

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