Although Gabe and Shaun come from very different backgrounds, they're both long time residents of Little Egg Harbor and share a love for their community. For them, Little Egg Harbor is home and they're passionate about making it the best place on Earth to live. Both of them are regular volunteers at the Little Egg Harbor Food Pantry and constantly work at community building by creating opportunities for residents to volunteer on public service projects.
They support initiatives for creating greater transparency, cutting government waste, creating more and improved public spaces, and attracting business and tourism to Little Egg Harbor.
Gabriel Brian Franco
Gabe is running for LEH Township Committee because he is driven by public service and wants to put his skills and experience to use for the public good, and to create a greater sense of community and government accountability in Little Egg Harbor. An avid public servant, Gabe volunteers his time with many charities that serve the public, including fighting hunger in disadvantaged communities, supporting autistic children’s organizations and more.
He has served as a community leader, humanitarian aid missionary, youth pastor, political activist, and gives hundreds of volunteer hours every year to many worthy causes including the Salvation Army, Faces 4 Autism, Saint Theresa's Food Pantry, the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Prince Hall Freemasons, and other organizations. He also serves as an ordained interfaith Community Chaplain.
Gabe is an attorney licensed to practice in New Jersey and Federal District Courts, a finance professional holding several securities licenses, and is a small business owner. He has more than a decade of experience in senior executive management within companies large and small, and even more holding office in charitable organizations including the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Atlantic City Multi-Cultural Committee. He presently sits on the Advisory Boards of Federal Chaplains Association Service & Unity International Inc. and Friends in Action Inc. where he helped develop a nationally recognized workforce development program. Gabe is Chief Legal Officer (CLO) of LatinoXRadio and recently founded a computer hardware startup.
Gabe holds a Doctorate of American Jurisprudence (Juris Doctor) from Valparaiso University School of Law where he attended as a jurist scholar under full scholarship and holds two undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University and Ocean County College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. During the summers he joined others in travelling to some of the poorest countries in the world to help distribute food, medicine, and build public facilities.
A lifelong resident of Ocean County, He and his wife Dimple, a registered Nurse, live in the Mystic Islands section of Little Egg Harbor with their dog Russell. Together they enjoy the outdoors and adventure travel. When on his own, Gabe enjoys composing for classical piano and mountain biking.
Shaun Moran first decided to run for LEH Township Committee in 2020 so that his hometown neighbors are no longer subjected to the corruption of some elected officials in LEH who he believes spend more time thinking of ways to profit from their positions than they do rethinking new ways to improve our community for everyone. He is running again in 2021 because he is committed to bettering our vibrant community.
A lifelong resident of LEH, Shaun is the product of a working class family and passionate about making government work for everyone. He graduated summa cum laude from Ocean County College in 2018 and then summa cum laude from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2020 with High Honors in Political Science. Shaun studied Political Science with a focusing on preparing for public service and presently studies at the prestigious Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, where he is on track to earn a Master of Public Policy degree in May 2022.
Shaun is no stranger to the public sector, as he previously interned for the Third Legislative District Office of NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney. He looks forward to his placement through the Housing & Community Development Network of NJ, a community-based nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing, as one of the Network’s AmeriCorps Summer Associates.
Shaun spearheaded LEH United’s “Operation Christmas Cards for Our Troops” and a similar initiative to benefit children at Shore Medical Center. The projects sent hundreds of cards that were handwritten by Little Egg Harbor residents to soldiers stationed overseas, and children in the hospital during the holidays. Shaun along with Gabe also instituted a biannual, apolitical “We Love Our Great Bay” community service initiative where they, along dozens of Little Egg Harbor residents have so far removed many metric yards of refuse and bulk trash from Seven Bridges. Shaun additionally joined Clean Ocean Action as part of their biannual Beach Sweeps.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shaun has served over 60 hours at the LEH Food Pantry. Additionally, he joined the LEH Environmental Commission for their 2021 Earth Day Community-Wide Cleanup. He is a dues-paying member of the Friends of the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter, trains with CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties to serve as a volunteer helpline specialist, and volunteers as a tutor for the Petey Greene Program, a program that supports the academic goals of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.
In his spare time, Moran enjoys reading and spending time with his fiancée, Monique.