Carmela Pallotta

I am the candidate for councilwoman for the First Ward, and I want to use my experience as a teacher, administrator, and artist to make our community better.

I attended Montclair State University on a full, four-year Garden State Scholarship and have Masters Degrees in Educational Administration and Counseling. After 16 years as a classroom teacher, I became a Vice Principal and then Principal of a school for troubled youth and received an award for my work with special needs students. I was the Girl Scout troop leader for troop 346 in East Orange, NJ.

After retiring from teaching, I went into the arts full time. I have done workshops for Gilda’s Club using art as relaxation. I build kites and won first place at the Smithsonian International Kite Festival. I have conducted kite building workshops throughout the Cape May County Library System, and I currently teach an art class at the Lower Township Senior Center.

I am an avid martial arts collector and received an appreciation award for donating weapons to Wright Universal Dojo of Self Defense in Bayonne, NJ.

As past president of the Lower Township Democratic Social Club for many years, I am aware of the needs of our community and will work hard for you.

for 1st Ward Councilwoman?

I am an active senior resident of Lower Township and am running for the 1st Ward Council Seat. Why, you may ask, would I want to run, at my age, for a council seat. Why? Because I have always had a strong sense of civic responsibility and believe that I can still contribute my knowledge and wisdom to benefit my hometown, especially families and the elderly.

I firmly believe that attempting to gain knowledge and wisdom is a life long process. I hold two Masters Degrees, one in Educational Administration and the other in Counseling. I taught both elementary and high school in Newark, New Jersey, for 16 years and became a high school Vice Principal and then a Principal of a school for troubled youth. In taking that position I gained insight and wisdom into human behavior and received the Ruth E. Neumann Award for Educational Excellence working with special needs students.

Education and the arts are two of my key priorities. As an artist, I have been an advocate for the arts in Cape May County. I won first place at the Smithsonian International Kite Festival and have conducted workshops in kite building through the Cape May County Library System. I teach an art class at the Lower Township Senior Center.

Lower Township residents have taken 1st place in the Cape May County Art Show for the past four years. This is indicative of the talent and commitment to the arts that our community values. I will work to achieve a winning record for our township not only in the arts but for developing a healthy, safe and prosperous community.

Carmela demonstrates her commitment to the community by volunteering at Whale of a Day on July 7th. Carmela donated art supplies and helped youngsters decorate friendship rocks and kites.