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WW2 Vet Didn't Like The Way His Town Was Run, So He Decided To Change It

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It's never too late to make an impact on your community when you feel passionate about something.

Vito Perillo is a living example of that. He was upset about the way his town was being run, so that's when he decided to run for mayor at the age of 93.

The World War II Navy veteran ended up beating out the 63-year-old incumbent and taking office in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Perillo has been living in Tinton Falls for more than 50 years and promised to lower taxes and provide more transparency to residents.

"As mayor, I will ensure your voice is heard when it comes to making important financial decisions and create a culture of accountability," he said in a video posted to his Facebook page in October.

It was two lawsuits involving the borough's police department that ended up costing the town a reported $1.1 million and sparked the senior's motivation to get involved in politics.

He fought hard on the campaign trail and reportedly wore out two pairs of shoes by going door-to-door campaigning.

“I've been a fighter all my life. At 13, I was fighting for my family's next meal, shining shoes on street corners in the Bronx. By 17, I was fighting in the ring as an amateur boxer, with a dream of making it to prime time. That dream was cut short at 19 when I was fighting for my country in the South Pacific. I have always fought for what I believe in, and now I want to fight for the citizens of Tinton Falls as mayor," he said.

Before the polls opened, he shared an inspirational message on his Facebook page.

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