MILLVILLE - Seven people, including two incumbents, have thus far filed nominating petitions to run for City Commission in November.

The deadline to file the petitions with the City Clerk's Office is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Incumbents Jim Quinn, who owns Quinn Broadcasting Company, and Dave Vanaman, who owns the Incredible Bulk store, have filed their nominating petitions.

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Others who have filed are former Cumberland County Freeholder and current Board of Education member Joe Pepitone, Board of Education member Dave Ennis, optometrist Lynne Porreca Compari, and Joseph Sooy and Bob Tesoroni Jr., both retired state Department of Corrections captains.

The City Clerk's Office is reviewing all the petitions for completeness. Candidates need 188 approved signatures to be on the ballot.

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

Tesoroni, Ennis and Sooy all ran unsuccessfully for City Commission in 2009.

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

City Commission elections were 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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