Councilman Ed Zipprich was elected to the Red Bank Borough Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. He proudly represents the diverse population of Red Bank and continues to work hard to bring the community closer together. Last year, Zipprich ran for NJ State Assembly with endorsements from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Washington, DC, Democracy for America (DFA), and Monmouth County DFA.
Zipprich was elected as Democratic Municipal Chairman and has energized the Red Bank Democratic club and municipal organization. He also serves as Regional Vice Chair of the Monmouth County Democrats and is a founding member of the NJ State LGBT caucus.
Councilman Zipprich has been involved in planning and preservation issues for much of his life. As a teenager he worked beside his father and a group of boating and fishing activists in New York who ultimately helped create the Gateway National Park system. His passion for planning and preservation helped him secure a seat on the town’s Planning Board as Council representative and also as liaison to the Red Bank Historic Preservation Commission and the Shade Tree Committee.
Ed Zipprich serves as Chairman of the Department of Public Utilities where he oversees the operations of waste management, recycling, roads, sewers and the water utility. He served two years as Code Enforcement Department chair handling overcrowding, construction, code, fire, building inspection and compliance. Zipprich also re-engaged the Board of Health and promoted safety and health alerts borough-wide while at Code Enforcement. He serves as member of the Finance/Personnel, Police/Fire and Public Works committees. In 2009 he was appointed to the Monmouth County Transportation Council in Freehold by former Freeholder Director Barbara McMorrow.
Councilman Ed Zipprich has been endorsed by The Victory Fund for his 2014 campaign.
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 NJ’s 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, the Washington Street Historic District, and added an historic element to the town’s Master Plan. Both efforts earned Councilman Zipprich and Red Bank awards from Preservation NJ and the Monmouth County Planning Board.
Ed is in his eighth year serving as Monmouth County chair of Democracy for America (DFA), a grassroots organization founded by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. He is an active member of DFA-NJ, Garden State Equality and was elected President of the NJ Stonewall Democrats. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the local grassroots group the Bus for Progress.
Ed is the proud father of a Wellesley College graduate. He was born and raised in Staten Island. He spent many summers boating in Red Bank with his family and has made his home here with his husband, JP Nicolaides, since 1997. Ed received a BA from the State University of New York and attended business school at Pace University, NYC. In the 1980s he began his career as a purchasing manager and later became an auditor for the City of New York under Mayor Ed Koch.
Zipprich’s career progressed to law firm administration, purchasing and facilities management, and ultimately operations management for various international law firms in New York City.