Galloway Township Republican League Changes Leadership

Terry Lucarelli will resign as municipal chair, and Jennifer Heller will resign as head of the party.

UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.: Moliver was unanimously elected GTRL Municipal Leader Monday night, according to Tyrrell. Coombs was unanimously elected GTRL President and Jim Cox was unanimously elected Vice President.

ORIGINAL: Galloway Township Republican League Muncipal Leader Terry Lucarelli and GTRL head Jennifer Heller are resigning from their positions within the league.

Lucarelli confirmed on Monday afternoon, Feb. 25, that she is resigning for personal reasons.

"I will still be on County Committee Committee and an active member of the GTRL," Lucarelli said via email Monday afternoon. "I have been trying to find a replacement for a year.  Finally someone has come forward."

Heller confirmed Monday afternoon she is moving to Absecon and is resigning from her position as a result.

Her resignation was first reported by Galloway Township News.

According to Councilman Brian Tyrrell, the club will name a new municipal leader, as well as president and vice president when it meets tonight, Feb. 25, at Tyrrell said.

Jorge Coombs is a candidate for GTRL President, and Jim Cox is up for vice president, Tyrrell said. Steve Moliver is a leading candidate for municipal leader.

Tyrrell didn't know of any other candidates at this time.

"Terry has organized the Republican Party in Galloway, taking a leadership role when the town Council had but one Republican representing the party," Tyrrell said. "We've come a long way and owe Terry a good deal of gratitude for her service. She'll remain on County Committee and active in the club."

"We're thrilled with what (Heller's) accomplished for the club these past years."

Under Lucarelli's leadership, the league has financed the campaigns of the five Republicans currently on council.

Lucarelli's had a public falling out with the past two mayors of Galloway Township. In October, Galloway Patch reported Mayor Don Purdy was involved in a movement to break away from the Republican Club, and start a new Republican group, due to his falling out with Lucarelli.

In 2011, former Mayor Keith Hartman told Galloway Patch he no longer in the sense that he no longer considered the GTRL's beliefs to be aligned with his own.

Tired of Galloway Politicians February 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM
As a follow up to Mr. Tyrrell's statement "We're thrilled with what (Heller's) accomplished for the club these past years.", you might have asked what exactly there is to be thrilled about? During her tenure, this Township was/is a disaster area. One mayor (her party) supposedly forced from office, another councilman (her party) left town "because no-one would sell him a new home"(or because he maybe was under investigation by the county prosecutor), lawsuits up the wazoo (including the one brought about by the former clerk against the GTRL), Iv'e lost count of how many Township managers, and constant stories of how the GTRL is splitting due to infighting. Yep, that is stuff to be thrilled about, if you're a democrat. It just proves that Mr. Tyrrell (and I refuse to use Dr. in front of his name because having a doctorate in hotel/restaurant management really amounts to him being able to take my dinner order better than some other 17 year old) really has no clue what he is doing on council and is using the position as a resume builder.
TheZog February 26, 2013 at 07:40 AM
One of the most-toxic people in existence has only stepped further into the shadows of Galloway politics. Lucarelli stepped down becauise she thinks that because she is no longer a "public figure" and an elected official that she becomes immune to criminal charges and investigations. Just as she was relentless in her attacks of hard-working citizens who wanted to make a difference in Galloway, it is my sincerest hope that our government becomes relentless in punishing this woman by uncovering any illegal activities and prosecuting her, and possibly her husband, to the fullest extent of the law. She has tainted our democratic process with allegations ballot counting fraud, election fraud and the continuance of the same criminal corecion that she was indicted for as a teacher. She is one of the most malicious people that walked this earth. She will still have an influence in the party and as long as she is still "an active member", this party will still be the same bunch of thugs. Molliver is another political hack who was the campaign manager of Richard Dase, Puppet Freeholder.
Keep Galloway Green February 26, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Getting rid of all Republicans on Council would be a great start. I would hope the Democrats would bring some common sense to Galloway.... Purdy & Co have been a disaster to Galloway...a laughingstock. Vote out Purdy.....Bassford (He lives in PA !) & Uhlman in Nov. Galloway deserves better!!!!!!
1776 February 26, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Dr. Tyrell's statement is exactly why most republicans that I know will be voting for the dems this nov. "We've come a long way and owe Terry a good deal of gratitude for her service. She'll remain on County Committee and active in the club." The republicans have shown such unbelievable incompetence all the way around, I don't see how they have any realistic shot at pulling off the next election. What were we thinking allowing a grease monkey in a cheap suit to be our mayor? It's time for real change!
Red February 26, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Moliver is a toadie who can't get anything done. His forte is making "plans" that result in no action. Jim Cox - LOL -- so much money, so few brains. Tyrrell -- the emptiest of empty suits. Hartman - another reason that the GOP should hang its head in shame -- the morally bereft mayor who was forced out of office because of his "inter office relationships." You reap what you sew and when you have people with no principles and ethics making the decisions and choices of who runs for office, you end up with the mess we have in Galloway -- in the hole financially, not enough money to keep an adequate number of cops on the street, no services such as leaf and large item pickup, an attorney who is so inept that the town had to hire another attorney to "help him" with redacting the OPRA requests, a township clerk so inept that she's incapable of reviewing the OPRA requests on her own, four township managers in less than two years, and one twp. manager who spent some of his working hours visiting a "working girl" in Ocean City. With that record the citizens of Galloway should be at Council and dragging the Republicans and their braindead hires in the township out of the room and tarring and feathering them.
Keep Galloway Green February 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I second that motion!....lol
smithvillian February 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Look at those two knuckleheads in that picture.....and that Cox, what a pompous unlikable individual.....Terry, See ya later alligator!...seems fitting.


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