HAMMONTON - With a standing-room-only crowd in attendance, Hammonton First launched this year’s campaign for Town Council.

The group hosted a free event on May 25 at The Alley Bar & Grille, at DiDonato’s Family Fun Center. A crowd of Hammontonians, both young and old, erupted in cheers as Deputy Mayor Tom Gribbin introduced this year’s slate of Brooke Sacco, Dan Bachalis and Sam Rodio.

Sacco, a first-time candidate, explained that it was a family decision for her to run. She also spoke about watching Hammonton turn into one of the most desirable locations to live in all of New Jersey, under the guidance of Hammonton First’s leadership.

“As a downtown business owner, I don’t just think of myself as someone who sells cute baby gifts,” Sacco said. “I see myself as sort of a cheerleader for civic involvement. From letting the families who come through the shop know about what’s happening around town, to putting them in touch with the right people or organizations should they want to get involved or have a special concern. I enjoy making those connections and look forward to doing more as a councilperson.”

Bachalis is seeking a return to Town Council after having previously served in 2013-2014.

“I will work day and night to make good things happen for Hammonton — I did it before and I will do it again!” he said.

Rodio is seeking reelection for a fifth consecutive term on council. During his speech, Rodio addressed the massive infrastructure improvements to the town over the past 10 years and stated that there is still more to do.

“It’s not always easy, it’s very hard work and with the right team we will be able to continue our progress,” Rodio said. “My running mates are two of the hardest working people I know and with your help we will take back a majority on council this Nov. 8.”

Hammonton First is a local organization comprised of Independents, Democrats and Republicans dedicated to improving the community of Hammonton. Mayor Steve DiDonato, Deputy Mayor Tom Gribbin, and Councilperson Sam Rodio are all affiliated with Hammonton First.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the campaign or for more information, please visit or or call/text (609) 385-6088.

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