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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), right, and Jody Levchuk.

Ocean City incumbent trails by 10 votes

By David Wildstein, May 13 2020 12:47 am

The race for the Ocean City 3rd Ward Council seat is too close to call, with challenger Jody J. Levchuk leading two-term incumbent Anthony P. Wilson by 10 votes, 556 to 547, in Tuesday’s non-partisan municipal election.

The final results won’t come until later this week after the city’s first local election conducted entirely through vote-by-mail ballots.  Ballots postmarked by 8 PM on May 12 will still be counted, if the U.S. Postal Service delivers them to the Cape May County Board of Elections by close of business on Thursday.

Wilson, the council vice president, was elected to the council in 2012 with 77% of the vote and was unopposed when he sought re-election four years ago.

Levchuk is the owner of Jilly’s Stores on the Ocean City boardwalk and is a board member of the New Jersey Amusement Association.

1st Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger and 4th Ward Councilman Bob Barr were unopposed in their bids for re-election.

In the 2nd Ward, Tomaso Rotondi won his first term on the city council without opposition.  He will take the seat Antwan McClellan gave up in January to assume his new post as an assemblyman.

Gov. Phil Murphy ordered an all-VBM election to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

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