MILLVILLE — Local residents could have as many as 11 candidates from which to pick five members of City Commission during the November election.

Tuesday at 4 p.m. was the deadline to file nominating petitions for City Commission.

The City Clerk’s Office is reviewing all the petitions to determine if they were signed by the correct number of registered voters. Each candidate needs 188 signatures on a nominating petition.

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Those seeking election include incumbents Jim Quinn, who owns Quinn Broadcasting Company, Dave Vanaman, who owns the Incredible Bulk store, and Dale Finch, the former director of the Cumberland County Office on Aging.

Others who have filed petitions are former Cumberland County freeholder and current Board of Education member Joe Pepitone; Board of Education members Dave Ennis and Michael Santiago; optometrist Lynne Porreca Compari; Joseph Sooy and Bob Tesoroni Jr., both retired state Department of Corrections captains; retired city Police Department Capt. Wayne Smith; and Eric Soler, who formerly ran a construction company.

Compari, Tesoroni and Sooy are running together on ticket called A New Team for a Better Millville.

Mayor Tim Shannon said earlier this year he will not seek a fourth term on City Commission.

City Commissioner James Parent, who was appointed earlier this year to serve the remainder of Joe Derella’s term on the panel, is not seeking a return to the governing body. Derella quit City Commission after being elected to the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November.

City Commission elections are normally held in May.

However, City Commission voted early last year to move the elections from May to November. City officials said the municipality will save about $60,000 by not holding the elections in May. They also said moving the elections to November could increase voter turnout. Slightly less than 24 percent of the local electorate cast ballots in the 2009 City Commission elections.

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 increased to 60 percent from the 31 percent turnout in the May 2008 elections.

Vineland officials said they believe voter turnout increased because the local elections were on the same ballot with the presidential elections.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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