Who am I?
Ed Zipprich was elected to the Red Bank Borough Council as a DFA endorsee in 2008. He loves representing the people of Red Bank and is working hard to see the town continue to thrive. Ed has worked on planning and preservation issues for much of his life. In an effort to improve local government, he worked tirelessly on recent Monmouth County political campaigns to help elect better people to government. He enjoys grassroots projects, being part of the community and serves as Treasurer of the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation. He is also an officer with the Red Bank Democratic Club. In June of 2009 he was unanimously elected chairman of the Red Bank Democratic Municipal committee. Ed inherited control of the Democratic party from a 20 year veteran and popular former mayor.
As Council representative to the Red Bank Historic Preservation Commission, Ed continues to be a strong advocate for preservation. In 2007 he successfully nominated the T. Thomas Fortune House to Preservation NJs 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites. In one of his first pieces of legislation in 2009, he helped create the town's first residential historic district and added an historic element to the town's Master Plan.
In 2011 Councilman Zipprich took charge of the Department of Public Utilities after serving as liaison to the Code Enforcement Department during his first two years on council. In January, Ed was reappointed to a seat on the Planning Board where he is working on introducing more stringent development control in an historic area in need of redevelopment.
Ed started his fifth year serving as chair of Monmouth county Democracy for America (DFA), the grassroots organization formed by Howard Dean. He is an active member of DFA-NJ, Garden State Equality and was elected Executive Vice President of the NJ Stonewall Democrats. He is an ardent supporter of the local grassroots group the Bus for Progress. He also serves on the Monmouth County Transportation Council and as a trustee for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.
Born and raised in Staten Island, NY Ed and his partner JP have lived together in Red Bank since 1997. Ed received a BA from the State University of New York and attended business school at Pace University. He began his career as a purchasing manager and later, an auditor for the City of New York under Mayor Ed Koch. From there, Zipprich moved to international law firm administration, purchasing and facilities management, and ultimately operations management for Sullivan & Cromwell, Debevoise & Plimpton and Blank, Rome. Ed currently works at Weight Watchers International in Shrewsbury, NJ.
He is the proud father of a daughter who will be graduated from Wellesley College this Spring.
Ed Zipprich continues his commitment to the community and is focused on its prosperous future.
Why am I running?
Ed Zipprich is running for his second term to further the principals of good government.
Ed is running again to continue streamlining government spending. As a member of the Finance committee, he and Juanita have recently introduced a balanced budget. Therefore he will continue to strive for fiscal responsibility and accountability. Also as a member of the Education and Technology committee he has helped foster better transparency through use of technology by helping to create a new web site.
In a new term, Councilman Zipprich will continue to fight for Smart Growth and green development, use of renewable energy sources to reduce operating costs and explore new revenue sources to keep the tax base low.
Education - Continuing my effort on the Education Foundation to raise awareness and funding for projects in our primary school. Foundation monies provide for upkeep of school grounds and will enhance the nature preserve for the children and residents to use, learn and enjoy
Taxes - Looking at alternative revenue sources to help offset the need for tax increases. Alternative revenues will also help Red Bank bolster its reserves in the event they are needed in an emergency.
Parking - Upgrading our aging parking fee collection equipment and utilizing technology to make parking more convenient for our citizens and visitors.
My DFA Values
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My Campaign is People Powered!
Ed continues to motivate members of DFA in NJ. Monmouth County DFA continues to meet on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss topics, films, campaigns and legislation. Ed has studied with many of the Night School programs and is a graduate of the Campaign Academy several times over. He imparts his knowledge to the members of Monmouth DFA and they are energized to work again this year with Ed and his running mate Councilwoman Juanita Lewis.
Lewis and Zipprich have developed their campaign finance plans and field plans and are already mobilizing "the troops" to his the streets this Spring.
Ed has already secured a national endorsement and has fast tracked his fund raising abilities.