Allegretto highlighted his goals in a release issued Monday afternoon:
* To annually construct and approve a reasonable and fair budget for the taxpayers;
* To ensure current and future capital projects such as the Merion Park drainage and streets project, the North end pump station, the southend beach replenishment project, and boardwalk replacement project are finished at the lowest expense to the taxpayer;
* To continue working on recreation projects such as the new turf field at sixth street, the skate board park, and the updated 15th street playground to benefit our families and youth, and to attract new families to Ocean City;
* To work with the tourism commission to develop an annual marketing campaign to attract new and repeat visitors;
* To assist the three SID district in band to develop budgets to promote each district to consumers;
* To continue working on improving zoning throughout town which is consistent with current neighborhoods; and
* To ensure Ocean City remains America's Greatest Family Resort.Allegretto was first elected in 2006. In 2010, he was the leading vote-getter with 2,294 votes.
In all, five candidates will run for three open council seats, and two candidates will run for mayor.
Keith Hartzell and Michael Allegretto will run for re-election in the non-partisan council elections. Board of Education Member Peter Madden, retired Philadelphia police officer and city resident Michael Hyson and community activist Eric Sauder will challenge for the three open seats. Sauder operates a blog that runs on Ocean City Patch.
Scott Ping will not run for re-election.
Resident Ed Price will challenge Mayor Jay Gillian in the mayoral race.
All petitions have been certified, according to the Ocean City Clerk’s Office.The non-partisan municipal elections are scheduled for May 13.