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The Middlesex County Republican Candidates for Sheriff and Freeholder, joined by the MC Republican Organization, and MC Republican Women’s Club.   Credits: Tony Ciavolella
Middlesex County Republican Candidate for Freeholder, Zhiyu “Jimmy” Hu, meets a young resident from Milltown. Credits: Tony Ciavolella

Peter Pisar, Joe Scillieri & Zhiyu “Jimmy” Hu Participate in Milltown Parade, Discuss Plans to Improve Communities & Create Opportunities for County Through Responsible Leadership

MILLTOWN, NJ – Middlesex County Republican Candidate for Sheriff Peter Pisar, and Middlesex County Board of Chosen Republican Freeholder candidates Joe Scillieri and Zhiyu “Jimmy” Hu, who are running for election this November, participated in the Annual Milltown 4th of July Parade yesterday today. The candidates met smiling county residents, listened to their thoughts and concerns, and talked about their plans to improve government.

The candidates enjoyed meeting the throngs of parade watchers and their families, as they helped honor Milltown by handing out candy attached to a fun quiz about the history of the borough, which celebrated another successful parade on our nation’s 240th anniversary.

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Peter Pisar, of South Amboy, is a retired Middlesex County Sheriff’s officer who began as a dispatcher, and later served within the department’s Investigation Division, Statewide Offender Apprehension Task Force, and Criminal Identification Unit. He also helped ensure the safety and security for those inside the county courthouse. As Middlesex County Sheriff, Peter wants to tackle tough issues, including addressing the county’s drug epidemic with tangible solutions, combat gun violence and strategically allocate sheriff officers to maximize their talents. Peter has also applied his leadership capabilities to help several Middlesex County companies achieve success.

Peter said, “There are many areas within Middlesex County that need improvement, including putting an end to the illegal drugs which are infecting both urban and rural areas alike. Between 2010 and 2014, heroin-related deaths in the county have skyrocketed by an unprecedented 420%. The fine men and women who serve in the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office can be better utilized where they can make a meaningful difference. I’ll lead the department in this area by instituting a comprehensive plan to help take illegal drugs off the streets, and help create a solid support system to assist recovering addicts.”

Joe Scillieri of Jamesburg, a former US Navy veteran, created and managed many construction and architectural projects throughout the region as a licensed professional engineer. He has handled budgets well in excess of $100 million, which helped him gain experience in the areas of money management, cost-effective spending and problem-solving. His vision, creativity and strong business acumen have not only led to the construction of important facilities, but the creation of

thousands of jobs. Joe is looking forward to establishing endless opportunities for Middlesex County’s residents, municipalities and businesses as a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“The cost of living is getting out of control for families in this county,” Joe said. “Middlesex County’s

tax rate is nearly double the national average, and continues to steadily increase in areas such as the cost of housing. I’ve operated successful businesses and have workable strategies that will attract, keep and bring businesses here to Middlesex County, which will have a positive impact on county property assessment, and lessen the tax burden for the homeowner.”

Kathleen “Katie” Calabrese, of Old Bridge, who is also running for freeholder, is dedicated to helping create positive community change through education and career improvement. She has wide-ranging experience in various areas of education, including teaching, advising and training. Katie provides outreach for individuals seeking professional enrichment and career-change guidance. In addition to helping develop educational workforce development strategies, she is a member of the Association of Women in Community Colleges, serves as an alumni board member for the Ocean County Chapter of the Girl Scouts of America, and is a passionate volunteer for her hometown children’s baseball recreation league.

Katie said, “Education is at the cornerstone of any community and while there are some exceptional educators here in Middlesex County, some of the schools need support in helping our nearly 125,000 students live up to their potential. The teacher-to-student ratio in Middlesex County is higher than the U.S. average, and yet, our schools spend approximately $5,000 more per student than the national average. The county needs new leadership to help support educational opportunities for our children.”

Zhiyu “Jimmy” Hu lives in Highland Park and has his own law practice in Edison. A member of the New Jersey, New York and District of Columbia bar associations, he specializes in many different

areas of law, with concentrations on immigration, general business and real estate. Jimmy also provides pro-bono and reduced fee structure service for those in need of legal assistance, including non-profit organizations, schools and senior citizens. While living in Edison in 2012, he received the township’s Citizen of the Year Award, and is also the recipient of several community service awards from the Asian American Heritage Council of New Jersey, New Jersey Chinese American Chamber of Commerce and the North American Chinese Alliance. As Freeholder, Jimmy will help Middlesex County flourish by implementing inspiring ideas from its diverse population.

“The face of Middlesex County continues to change and certain segments of the population are growing at a rapid rate,” Jimmy said. “The country’s Asian population is 4.81%, but the percentage is more than four times that within this county. Our county government must understand the dynamics of its fluctuating communities and establish meaningful dialogues with the diverse population.”

The Middlesex County Republican candidates would like to acknowledge the Milltown 4th of July Parade Committee, and volunteers, for all of their hard work and for making the celebration of our nation’s birth another wonderful experience.

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