Zipprich for Assembly

Who am I?

Councilman Ed Zipprich just received the Monmouth County Democrats nomination to run for the NJ State Assembly. Ed was elected to the Red Bank Council as a DFA endorsee in 2008 and again in 2011. He was awarded a David Bohnett Fellowship in 2012 to attend Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Ed Zipprich is a tireless Democrat who has served as the Monmouth County DFA chair since 2006, Red Bank Democratic chair since 2009, President of the NJ Stonewall Democrats since 2010, Delegate to the 2012 DNC convention and a Regional Vice-Chair of the Monmouth County Democratic Party under DFA endorsed Chairman Vin Gopal. Ed has worked on planning and preservation issues for much of his life. He enjoys grassroots projects, being part of the community and serves as Secretary of the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation. He is also a member of the Bus for Progress and Garden State Equality. He is a trustee on the board of the Count Basie Theater and served a three year term on the Monmouth County Transportation Council.

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 NJs10 Most Endangered Historic Sites. In 2009, he helped create the town's first residential historic district and added an historic element to the town's Master Plan. He and Red Bank were awarded Monmouth County Planning and PreservationNJ awards for this project. Subsequently, Zipprich championed a grassroots effort for a municipal Bicycle and Pedestrian plan, helped implement it and ushered it through the Planning Board and had it added to the town's Master Plan too.

In 2011, Zipprich took charge of the Department of Public Utilities after serving as chair to the Code Enforcement Department. Ed was reappointed to a seat on the Planning Board where he is working on redevelopment of the town using a smart growth plan.

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. Zipprich moved on to law firm administration, purchasing and facilities management, and ultimately operations management before he retired.

He is the proud father of a Wellesley College graduate who lives in the Boston area.

Ed Zipprich is a leader you can trust to represent YOU in Trenton.

Why am I running?

Ed Zipprich was inspired to run for office by Gov. Howard Dean. This race will be his 4th election cycle. Ed and his partner, JP worked as volunteers on the Dean for America campaign and Ed has been a DFA leader ever since. Zipprich has been leading and inspiring Democrats across Monmouth County to get involved. He has been through DFA's Night School programs and the Campaign Training Academy several times. His campaign strategies are derived from the DFA playbook and complimented by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund's Leadership Institute. Ed has worked diligently at building extensive community outreach. He has been committed to his community and has worked to implement a 53 muncipality strategy to help turn Mommouth County blue. Ed's strong connections to residents and voters in his community makes him an ideal candidate to run in the 11th legislative district. His experience, leadership, work-ethic, and commitment to the residents of Red Bank and Monmouth County make him an ideal representative of the people. Ed wants to go to Trenton to be the voice of his consitituents in the State House. The sitting Republican Assemblywomen do not represent the people who elected them. They are unreachable and uninterested in there constituents. They have voted in lock step with Governor Christie, the GOP and stayed on vacation or kept their heads down when their votes could have made a difference to the people who elected them and those they purportedly represent.

My Goals

Ed has a good economic track record in Red Bank. The town has prospered under his leadership. Ed plans to do for the 11th District what he and his Democratic colleagues have done in keeping Red Bank visible, viable and prospering. In doing so Ed has helped create:

Jobs and bolstered the local Economy

NJ needs both. Ed Zipprich will fight to create jobs and help NJ's economy rebound especially after Hurricane Sandy impacted so much of this district

My DFA Values

As Assemblyman, Ed Zipprich will work for constituents and NOT for special interests and billionaires. Ed's candidacy will represent everyone, fairly and equally, regardless of who you love or what your family looks like. Ed Zipprich will protect NJ's education system, environment, NJ children and seniors. Ed will speak out on women’s health care issues and the right to choose. As legislator, Zipprich will lend a voice to gun safety and protection for our school children and for every member of our community. Ed will ensure that those affected by Hurricane Sandy get the funds that the State of NJ promised so NJ can recover and rebuild.

My Campaign is People Powered!

As a member of the Monmouth County Democratic Executive Board, Ed has combined the tenets of DFA within newly reorganized County Democratic organization. He continues to motivate his DFA members every month at the DFA meetings. He also meets regularly with the County Dems. Zipprich and the Monmouth County Democrats brought the DFA Training Academy to NJ several years ago to train candidates to run for election. Together with Chairman Gopal, they are energizing Democrats all over the county. By doing so, they will help Ed raise funds, organize, canvass, phone bank and register voters. His ability to engage DFA members and volunteers will be essential to covering the 11th District through this election cycle.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Ann Rea, NJ
  • Tracey Bailey
  • Frank Bieniek, NJ
  • Margaret Levinson
  • Nora Cavaluzzi
  • Linda Mastellone, NJ
  • Susan Finelli
  • marga cava
  • Joyce Leftly, NJ
  • Kathleen Maher, NJ
...and 51 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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