On a cold afternoon in January in front of family and friends at Lake Hiawatha Park, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Peluso and retired Parsippany Police Detective Sergeant and Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education member Louis Valori, officially declared their Candidacy for Council of Parsippany-Troy Hills.
Both candidates will appear on the Republican ticket during the June 4 primary.
The candidates chose the location which is located at the intersection of our community that honors our past and those who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom while investing in our children’s future.
Peluso stated “I was here when this park was dedicated and you may note that my running mate and I are standing here in the coldness of winter without a podium, without give-aways, and fanfare, but we stand here today as two responsible community leaders and we are officially declaring our Candidacy for Council.
Responsible Leaders persevere and don’t complain, they are open and transparent, responsible, and yes… have a plan!
Standing with Peluso was his wife, Ildiko, and his father. Peluso said he grew up in Parsippany with strong family values, where my parents still reside along with my friends.
He graduated from the Parsippany School System, worked in Parsippany while attending Montclair State University where he graduated with honors with a BS in Management.
He continued his education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated second in class with an MBA in Finance while continuing to work in the financial industry for 28 years.
As a leader in our community, Peluso volunteered with numerous organizations, revitalized the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce as President for sixteen years in order to support the businesses, residents, and volunteers in which today has an economic development plan, employment plan, supports recreation teams, and has a mentor program for young adults just to name a few. He founded the first Parsippany Area Visitor Center after being President of the Skylands Division of Tourism for NJ to celebrate historical and cultural diversity while again supporting community and economic development.
By giving back to our community, I met my best friend and wife, Ildiko, said Peluso. Ildiko supports Parsippany’s Women Theatre, is a Board Member of the Chamber, and a successful chairwoman of Taste of Parsippany for a number of years.
Robert said “We purchased our home and with our recently born son Robert, we are raising our family right here in our hometown of Parsippany. Like many people in our community, my family means everything to me. Parsippany is special to me and my intentions are to continue in “Making a Difference in Parsippany.”
“As a community leader, I am a member of the Greater Parsipany Kiwanis Club, parishioner of St. Perter the Apostle Church where I attended CCD and was married, past Treasurer of the Rotary Club in District 7470, was appointed by three Mayors to the Municipal Alliance Committee to prevent drug and alcohol abuse with our children, Board member of the Morris County Economic Development Corp that works to fill vacant office and industrial space, as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center, First Night Morris, Homeless Solutions, and Employment Horizons. I have found few things more enjoyable than working with the community and its broad range of businesses, residents and volunteers” continued Peluso.
As a loyal and responsible Republican I have a record of working tirelessly as a campaign manager and successfully put candidates into office, attended council meetings, led concerned neighborhood groups, and supported conservative beliefs. I am running for Council because I care about our township and I care about the opportunities our families have to enjoy a good quality of life.
That which is broken – we need to fix. That which is good – we need to make better while listening to our community, he said. That being said, we do happen to face some real challenges, some real threats in our community. The cost of living is increasing and we are taking home less to cover the expenses that are mandated upon us. Traffic has been increasing, and floods – one of which I was a victim – are not resolved, and businesses are moving out at an alarming rate. It’s time to take a long hard look at how local government operates. It’s time to treat our homeowners, our neighbors, and our businesses – as more than just an source of tax revenue. My fight is your fight for the community. I want your vote and promise you this “I won’t back down from the tough challenges, I will never go along just to get along, and I’ll fight to make sure that your tax dollars are spent wisely.”
Peluso said he is proud to be running with Valori. He is a family man who served in our military, a retired Detective Sergeant in our Parsippany Police Department with 25 years of service, and volunteered in our community. He has a solid education, respect for our community, and is a passionate, responsible leader. Lou is also a Retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserves, Military Police with 28 years of distinguished service. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University. Lou and his wife, Ivette have three daughters, Amanda, Jordon and Cameron.
“We are the best choice for Postive Leadership with a plan,” said Valori.
On Thursday, speaking before Morris County Young Republicans in Morristown, Mayor James Barberio said his re-election ticket will include former Planning Board member Milin Shah. On January 14, Paul Carifi, Jr., announced he will be running for Mayor. Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara and Councilman Jonathan Nelson term expires on December 31, 2013, as well as Mayor James Barberio. Filing deadline for candidates is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1.