Two-time Zebulon town board candidate Joe Scaruzzo died last week at his home on Franklin Street. He had just turned 70.
Family reported the death Tuesday afternoon according to police, who said it appeared to be of natural causes.
Scaruzzo, a native of Ontario, Calif., was known for his out-of-the-box theories on solutions to town issues like water and sewer costs and growth, which continue to be hot-button issues today. He wanted to shake up the town board, help revitalize downtown and get more involvement from residents.
He ran for commissioner in 2007 and 2005, being defeated by incumbents Curtis Strickland, Dale Beck and Don Bumgarner in 2007, and by Beverly Clark, and Roy Collins in 2005. Clark and Beck were incumbents in that race, while Collins, the top voter getter, was running again after retiring from the board in 2002.
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Scaruzzo worked in various roles – including circulation, human resources, marketing and other departments – at several newspapers. He ventured into real estate and car sales, working at Capital Ford until 1999 before retiring in 2000.
He and his wife Patricia moved to eastern Wake County in 1993, and to Zebulon in 2005.