Both Avalon and Sea Isle City held nonpartisan, unopposed municipal elections Tuesday, and voters in each community returned two incumbents to office along with a newcomer.
In Avalon, incumbents David B. Ellenberg and Nancy Hudanich won re-election to four-year terms, while John McCorristin won a seat on Borough Council.
In Sea Isle City, incumbents Mary L. Tighe and John J. Divney won re-election to four-year terms while former Republican Assemblyman John C. “Jack” Gibson won a seat on City Council.
With three of six districts reporting by press time in Avalon, McCorristin received 152 votes, and Ellenberg and Hudanich received 148 votes. In Sea Isle City, the vote totals were 234 for Gibson, 216 for Divney and 212 for Tighe, with four of seven districts reporting by press time.
In Avalon, Councilman Joseph Tipping chose not to run for re-election because of health reasons. In Sea Isle City, Councilman Michael McHale also did not seek re-election, saying he accomplished what he originally sought to do on City Council.
Hudanich was first elected to the five-member council in Avalon in 1989, while Ellenberg joined the council in 2005. In Sea Isle City, both Tighe and Divney were first elected in 2007 after the city changed its form of government.
Gibson, who founded the Gibson Associates civil engineering firm and was Cape May County engineer for nine years, said his goals in office would be to use his engineering background to help the city improve its parking capacity and handle issues with Hurricane Sandy recovery.
“I think my background will be an asset,” said Gibson, who served a dozen years in the state Legislature.
McCorristin, who owns McCorristin Construction LLC, has also been a longtime member of the borough’s school board and previously said he enjoys being involved in his community. He did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday.
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