The New Jersey Globe projects that Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian has won a fourth term, defeating Councilman Keith Hartzell by a modest margin. With all districts reporting, Gillian won 2,299 votes to Hartzell’s 1,893, a 54-45% margin.
The race for three at-large seats on the city council is significantly closer.
Incumbent Councilwoman Karen Bergman has won re-election with 2,267 votes. In second and third place are John “Tony P” Polcini and Councilman Pete Madden, both of whom ran on a slate alongside Bergman, with 1,980 and 1,945 votes, respectively.
Nipping at Madden’s heels is Second Ward Councilman Tom Rotondi at 1,897 votes; further back, and definitively locked out of office, are former First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger (1,709) and activist Donna Moore (1,502).
Gillian, the owner of the Wonderland Pier in Ocean City, was first elected to the mayoralty in 2010; in his 2018 re-election, he defeated Council President John Flood by a 63-36% margin.