SEA ISLE CITY — The city will keep its nonpartisan elections in May, City Council President Mary Tighe said Tuesday.

The state Legislature passed a law earlier this year allowing Sea Isle City and 85 other New Jersey municipalities that hold nonpartisan elections to move them to November beginning in 2011.

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Tighe said city officials worried municipal elections would be overshadowed by the other elections in November, which include larger federal and state races.

And Tighe said the city’s May elections generally have higher turnout than those in November.

“We all felt we would get lost,” she said.

Moving elections would save about $10,500 every two years, city officials have said.

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