Joeigh Perella

Cumberland County Commissioner, At-Large

Joeigh would be the first trans person elected to county-wide office in New Jersey!

Biography

Dr. Joeigh Perella (she/her) is running for Cumberland County Commissioner! She is a Dentist by profession and a lifelong Cumberland County resident. She is excited to be able to serve Cumberland County and looks forward to bringing her campaign out into the community to share her vision for Cumberland County!

Dr. Perella was born in Cumberland County, growing up in Hopewell Township. After graduating from Cumberland Regional High School she attended Rowan University graduating with Honors with a B.S. degree in Biology. Then it was off to Boston for four years where she attended Tufts University studying dental medicine. Upon graduating with my DMD degree she practiced for a year in PA. While she loved the practice where in Pennsylvania the call to return home lead her back to Cumberland County! Where she has now been practicing for 6 years.

Being back in Cumberland County she began to realize how much this community gave to her growing up and that she owed it to the community to start giving back. She connected with her local Rotary club and was greeted by some of the most caring committed volunteers in the community. Following their leadership, she was able to participate in so many great communities service projects. From providing free laundry supplies to people in need to collecting supplies for a dental clinic overseas, they showed her so many ways you could serve a community.

However, what she believes is her most important work has been with the Robert V. Hoffman III Memorial Fund. In 2011 her family tragically lost her cousin Robbie to suicide. It shook all of us to our core and left a hole in her heart that will never be filled. However, from this pain her family found a mission. To take our pain and make some good come out of it. So, in Robbie’s memory a scholarship was founded for a graduating Millville Senior High School football player. The purpose for the scholarship was to support a recent graduate in their post-graduation endeavors and to educate future students about what happened to Robbie and how it could have been prevented. In 2020 Robbie’s younger sister, Ragan, came to Dr. Perella and asked her to join the board of the non-profit she was forming to further support the scholarship and spread awareness about mental health in our community. Dr. Perella was honored to be asked to serve and agreed immediately. In the 4 years that they have been operating as a non-profit she is very proud of the funds they have raised to support the scholarship, being able to raise the amount awarded twice, and having the resources to attend community events throughout the county to talk about mental health care and suicide prevention! She looks forward to many more years of service to the people of Cumberland County through her work with RVH Memorial fund.

Service is an integral part of who Dr. Perella is and service will be her focus as a Cumberland County Commissioner. Working with people all over the county to make their government better serve them. Together we can conquer the serious issues our county faces. We will be able to address the local impacts of climate change, ignite our economy through invest in the Bayshore, provide more resources, such as transportation, so county youth can access the great programs that exist, and ensure our county infrastructure is ready for the 21st century!