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Scott Ping, Jay Gillian Receive Write-In Votes for Council

Write-in voters also supported Batman, Robin and Elmer Fudd.

Despite not running for re-election in this year’s non-partisan council at-large race, Scott Ping saw support Tuesday night.

Jay Gillian also received two votes for council at-large. He was re-elected as mayor Tuesday night.

Ping received a vote-by-mail write-in vote for city council during Tuesday night’s election, according to the Cape May County Clerk’s Office.

Ping announced on March 11 of this year he would not run for re-election. Ping was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

Three seats, including Ping's, were up for grabs. Keith Hartzell and Michael Allegretto won re-election, and Peter Madden was elected to council.

Other vote-by mail write-in candidates included Ken Hoerauf, Patrick Gill, Dean Adams and popular Looney Tune Elmer Fudd.

At the polls, two people wrote in Gillian for a council at-large seat. Gillian won re-election in Tuesday night’s mayoral election, according to the unofficial numbers posted on the city’s website.

The Cape May County Board of Elections will count provisional ballots later this week. Results become official once they are certified by the municipal clerk.

David S. Sullivan Sr., Keith Janto, Michaela Walsh, Joseph M. Lehman Jr., Dominic Dougherty and Paul Boardman also received write-in votes.

Joseph Ney and Bruckner Chase were among the write-ins for mayor. Superheroes Batman and Robin, alleged residents of Gotham City, were also favorites among the independent-minded voters of Ocean City.

Mike May 19, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I'm sure you know best Bill! Sadly, the TRUTH is older generations have destroyed Ocean City to a shell of its former self. From Holiday's Soviet-esqu condo empire, to the comically absurd police force, and the christian crusader invasion things are not how they used to be when I was a kid in OC in the 90's (before you jump down my throat with the "Local" stuff, my family has been local since the 40's, and yes, OCHS the entire time, not that it should matter). Speaking of "Locals" real estate prices so insane that in 10 years the only "locals" are going to be PA transplants. ALLL of that is just fine, because OC isn't OC anymore. Its a joke. (Let the "If you dont like it geeeeeeet out!" comments commence!)
Frank May 19, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Mike its Halliday not Holiday lol
Eleanor May 20, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Hard to take seriously the comments of people who use foul language on a public forum. As a resident of Ocean City I can say that the decline came in two "waves" - the first one was in the mid 70s to mid-80s when people were pushed by realtors and the new medium of real estate radio programs to sell their summer homes and seaside cottages to developers. Sometimes they would build 2,3,4 units on a lot that had held a single family home and take one unit for themselves but more often they would move away. What year round people did these attract? Young families looking to rent until they could afford to buy and retirees. The second wave - and the one that really ate into the year round population IMHO was the push to build the high school with the promise that it would be a big draw for families with kids. But the already high house prices and taxes took off and those renter families from Wave #1 moved off the island so that they could afford a home and still send their kids to OCHS. Sandy was the final straw for people and businesses that had been thinking of moving out for a while. So now we have a decimated population and proposals from council like building "coastal cottages" and saying OC could be a commuter destination and you call the lower vote getters "sour grapes" and "conspiracy theorists"? I don't think so. I think the reasons people leave and the reasons people are not moving in is very clear and there is no conspiracy about it.
Frank May 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Eleanor - also keep in mind the population in New Jersey is also decreasing.
Bill Hartranft May 20, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Our history in Ocean city began decades ago when we rented for two weeks a year and brought down our family..5 kids.. and loved it. Bought a fixer upper in 98 at the bottom of the market through Marilynn Booth who helped us for many years through rentals....that is now our home. Total rehab..... Moved permanently in 2007 and never regretted it. This is a great place to live. Don't believe me, try Phila today... Lot of stone throwing going around but with a life time in Phila and a short stint in Oaklyn...believe me...this town may need some tweaking but my honey and I believe we've died and gone to heaven. It all has to do with history, outlook and ...well, how lucky we are to be able to be here...and comfortable. So while some may toss some evil stones at my stirring the pot, off the wall sense of humor, my reality is...I'm ok with all that.. because I firmly believe I have the world by the butt and I know it.

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