MILLVILLE — Local residents will have 10 City Commission candidates from which to choose when casting ballots in November.
A review of nominating petitions submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by the 4 p.m. deadline Sept. 3 showed that only one potential candidate — former construction company owner Eric Soler — failed to get the necessary 188 signatures to make it on the ballot.
The City Commission candidates, in the order they will appear on the November ballot, are as follows:
Local Board of Education member Michael Santiago.
Local Board of Education member David Ennis.
Incumbent James Quinn, who owns Quinn Broadcasting Co.
Former Cumberland County freeholder and current local Board of Education member Joe Pepitone.
Incumbent David Vanaman, who owns the Incredible Bulk store.
Incumbent Dale Finch, former director of the Cumberland County Office on Aging.
Former city police Capt. Wayne Smith.
Retired state Department of Corrections Capt. Joseph Sooy.
Retired state Department of Corrections Capt. Bob Tesoroni Jr.
Optometrist Lynne Porreca Compari.
Sooy, Tesoroni and Compari will be bracketed together under their ticket “A New Team for a Better Millville,” city Clerk Susan Robostello said.
All five seats on City Commission are up for election.
The city has a nonpartisan form of government, meaning candidates do not run under the banner of a formal political party. City Commission elections had long been held in May.
However, City Commission voted early last year to move the election from May to November. The move should save the city about $60,000, they said.
Local officials also said moving the City Commission election to November could increase voter turnout. Slightly less than 24 of the local electorate cast ballots in the last City Commission election in 2009.
Neighboring Vineland moved its mayoral and City Council elections from May to November last year.
Vineland officials said the move would save the city about $80,000. Voter turnout for those elections increased to 60 percent from the 31 percent turnout in the May 2008 elections.
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