Meet the Democratic Candidates for Red Bank Council
Councilman Ed Zipprich was re-elected to the Red Bank Borough Council in 2014 with 2 national endorsements by Democracy for America and the Victory Fund,
Washington DC. Ed was named a David Bohnett Fellow by the Victory Leadership Institute in Washington to attend the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2012. He was also elected to become a 2012 and 2016 delegate to the DNC National Convention to re-nominate President Obama and nominate Secretary Clinton. He serves as President of NJ Stonewall Democrats and is a member of the Bus for Progress, NJ-LGBT Caucus and Garden State Equality.
Councilman Zipprich served on the Planning Board and serves as liaison to the Red Bank Historic Preservation Commission and formerly to the Shade Tree Committee. He chairs the Department of Public Utilities and represents the Council on the board of Red Bank River Center.
On Council, Ed served as chair of the Code Enforcement Department and the Board of Health. As a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee, Zipprich kept taxes flat and well below the two percent mandated cap. Ed represents Red Bank on the Education and Technology, Public Works, and Parking Advisory Committees. In 2009, the Democratic Freeholder Director appointed Ed to the Monmouth County Transportation Council.
Ed Zipprich is a founding member of the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation, initiated in 2008. RBBEF is a 501 (c) (3) organization that raises funds to supplement the STEAM curriculum in the borough schools. He currently serves a vice president after previous terms as treasurer and secretary.
In 2007, Ed successfully nominated the T. Thomas Fortune House to Preservation NJ’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites. This national landmark is now being restored and will become the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center. 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 without spending taxpayer dollars. Both efforts earned Councilman Zipprich and Red Bank awards and a grant from Preservation NJ and the Monmouth County Planning Board.
He is in his third term as Democratic Municipal Chairman of Red Bank and serves as Regional Vice Chair of the Monmouth County Democratic Organization. He and his spouse JP live in Red Bank and are the proud parents of a daughter who lives and works in Boston.
Getting to know Michael Ballard
Michael Ballard is a life-long Monmouth County resident who has lived in Red Bank since 2010. Michael graduated from Asbury Park High School and has owned homes in Tinton Falls and Neptune. Community service has been a life-long passion of Michael’s, especially as it pertains to children. While living In Neptune, Michael volunteered as Little League Baseball and Softball coach as well as a Neptune Recreation Basketball Coach. As a homeowner in Neptune, Michael served on the Gables Homeowners Association.
Continuing his commitment to community when moving to Red Bank, Michael immediately volunteered his time and energy to improving the lives and opportunities of Red Bank’s residents by:
- Serving as a Red Bank Parks and Recreation Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Indoor Soccer Coach
- Being a founding member of the Red Bank Middle School Athletic Foundation
- Acting as Red Bank Middle School Baseball and Softball Coordinator for a year
- Sitting on the Red Bank Parks and Recreation Committee, currently serving as Vice-Chairman
- Winning a seat on the Red Bank Borough Board of Education, currently serving as Vice-President
- Being a founding member, and first Treasurer, of Two River Little League
- Currently serving as Mayor’s Alternate on the Red Bank Planning Board
Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting as well as an MBA, both from Monmouth University. Michael also attained the designations of Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Financial Management through the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. Michael has over 15 years’ experience in the Finance field, working for Prudential Financial, Combined Insurance Company, Fairmont Specialty and presently at Munich Reinsurance in Princeton as a Financial Analyst.
Michael’s vision as Councilmen will be to ensure that Red Bank remains a town that is economically and culturally supportive of families, celebrates and cares for our diverse and unique population, and ensures that our Downtown remains vibrant and successful, while maintaining the history, character and style that makes Red Bank the coolest little town in New Jersey.