Ocean City Votes For Mayor, Council on Tuesday

Voters will decide the fate of the mayor's seat and three open council seats on Tuesday.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian signs in before voting Tuesday afternoon.
Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian signs in before voting Tuesday afternoon.
Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide who will be mayor for the next four years, and who will occupy three open at-large council seats.

Mayor Jay Gillian will be challenged by Ed Price, while incumbent councilmen Michael Allegretto and Keith Hartzell will run for re-election. Peter Madden, Michael Hyson and Eric Sauder are also running for the four-year seats.

Polls are open in the non-partisan municipal elections from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13.

For a list of polling locations, visit ocnj.us/elections.

For a profile of each candidate running in this year’s election, click on the candidate’s name below.


Jay Gillian

Ed Price


Michael Allegretto

Keith Hartzell

Michael Hyson

Peter Madden

Eric Sauder


Gillian and Price debated on May 7 at the high school, sponsored by the Ocean City Democratic and Republican clubs.

The clubs also sponsored a debate involing the five council candidates at the high school, on April 29.

On April 14, four of the five candidates were involved in a debate at the library, sponsored by Fairness in Taxes.

You can also tell Ocean City Patch who you support in both the election for mayor and the city council election by participating in our polls.

Eric Sauder May 13, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Vote for your community. Very revealing statement Patches. That mentality is precisely what needs to change. Public service is not about promoting self interest but promoting the good of the community.
Frank May 13, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Also keep in mind the other candidates have a long list of their volunteer contributions to the community.
Patches O'Houlihan May 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Council is always dysfunctional and a new addition to that would not matter. However, changing the mayor is required if competent effective leadership is desired. Presently there are council members that think they are mayor and more are running on the same platform. Citizens should vote for council candidates that will fill their intended role and a mayor that understands how to lead. This is all a pipe dream with the degree of disfunction in Ocean City government and aspiring council.
Frank May 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Patches none of that is the case.
Patches O'Houlihan May 13, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Define Irony: The city uses an attorney that specializes in real-estate, not one that specializes is municipal matters. The city is then involved in questionable real-estate related actions on a regular basis. I'm not expecting perfection, just get in the ball park. This is the dysfunction I point to. Again, just grab some popcorn and watch the show. Its not going to change with this list of characters. If the results of the show were not so serious it would almost be funny.


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