Mangino Running for Stafford Mayor
August 23, 2018
Contact: Joe Mangino
Joe Mangino, a local business owner and Sandy advocate, this week accepted the nomination to run for Mayor of Stafford Township. Mangino, a lifelong independent, will be running on the Democratic slate in the November election. He will be squaring off against Gregory Myhre, the Republican candidate who narrowly defeated current Mayor John Spodofora in the June primary election. Myhre won the primary against Spodofora by just 84 votes.
Mangino has long been active in the Stafford community. He was a co-founder of S.T.A.R.T. (Stafford Teachers and Residents Together), an organization of local residents who came together after Sandy to provide direct assistance to residents whose homes had been damaged. Mangino is also the president of New Jersey Organizing Project, a citizen’s group formed to protect the rights of Sandy victims. For his work in the community, Mangino was named the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Humanitarian of the Year in 2013.
Mangino said, “When Stafford residents have struggled, I’ve stepped up to make a difference, from gutting houses to helping write legislation to stop foreclosures on Sandy families. I didn’t expect to be involved in my community in this way, but after the primary, many people approached me and asked me to run for office. They wanted a candidate who would focus on Stafford, and has a record of getting things done.”
He continued, “I want to keep bringing residents together to build a better Stafford.”
Brian White, a candidate for Council on the Mangino slate, said, “I know Joe is the right person to lead Stafford – he’s spent the last 10 years helping people in Stafford, and he will make a great Mayor.”
Mangino is filling the vacancy created when White, the previous Democratic candidate for mayor, decided to run for Council. Also running for Council on the Mangino team are Joanne Sitek, Nicole Downs, Kevin Teeple, Denise Pobicki and Chris Marzullo.