Tony Porto, A Proven Leader
Tony Porto has devoted his life to helping others and improving his community. At eighteen years old, Tony won his first election to the Burlington County Republican Committee. In 2003, Tony was elected to the Hainesport Board of Education, where he focused on improving the quality of education for students while keeping property taxes under control. By 2005, the Board of Education was able to reduce property taxes while adding additional teachers in the classroom.
Tony was elected four times to the Hainesport Township Committee and was chosen twice to be Mayor of Hainesport. As a committeeman, Tony protected the environment by preserving several tracts of land from over-development. The Hainesport municipal park was improved to include walking trails and athletic fields for soccer and baseball; all while maintaining the lowest municipal taxes of all surrounding towns. Shared services and efficiencies in government were achieved through determination and working with those of all backgrounds. By the end of his municipal service, the township debt was reduced by over $8.8 million or $1,440 per resident.
Tony has been a member of the Central Ohio Transit Authority Committee, the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, Hainesport Joint Land Use Board, as well as, a volunteer for the March of Dimes and Hainesport Community Cat rescue program.
Tony is a graduate of The Ohio State University and completed public policy courses through Rutgers. Tony and his wife, Rebecca, live in Hainesport. They are the proud parents of their son, Christopher, and the eight cats they have rescued and taken into their family.