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Ocean City Councilman Pete Madden. (Photo: Peter Madden).

Madden favored in Ocean City with about 100 more votes left to count

By David Wildstein, May 13 2022 3:55 pm

A close race for an at-large council seat in Ocean City should be decided on Tuesday, when as many as 120 more ballots will be counted.

Incumbent Pete Madden leads Tom Rotondi by 48 votes, 1,945 to 1,897 in the May 10 non-partisan municipal election.

Ocean City has 60 provisional ballots and somewhere between 50 and 60 vote-by-mail ballots still to be counted.  Mail-in ballots postmarked by 8 PM on Election Day will be accepted, as long as they arrive at the Cape May County Board of Elections by close of business on Monday.

Rotondi will have an uphill climb to win at this point.  He’ll need to win about 75% of the uncounted votes to unseat Madden.

Councilwoman Karen Bergman is the top vote-getter in the race for three seats with 2,268 votes, followed by Tony Polcini (1,980), who is well known in the city as the former owner of a popular Boardwalk pizzeria.

If Madden wins, it will mean that no incumbents lost in the eleven New Jersey municipalities that held elections this week.   Rotondi, who wanted to run citywide, will retain his Second Ward council seat.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian defeated challenger Keith Hartzell, a councilman, by 406 votes, a 53%-47% margin, to win re-election.

Hartzell gave up his at-large council seat to run for mayor.

Michael DeVlieger, a former First Ward councilman, finished fifth with 1,945 votes, followed by environmental activist Donna Moore (1,502).

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