SEA ISLE CITY – Mayor Leonard Desiderio, in office since 1993, and Councilmen Frank Edwardi and Bill Kehner submitted petitions to run for re-election by Monday’s 4 p.m. filing deadline.

They will run unopposed in the May 12 election for the three seats, each carrying a term of four years.

Desiderio is seeking his seventh term as mayor. He was elected to four-year terms in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 under the city’s commission form of government and was appointed mayor following the longtime tradition of naming the top vote-getter as mayor.

Two years into Desiderio’s fourth term as mayor, the city changed its form of government to the mayor-council form. Desiderio was elected mayor by the people in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Edwardi and Kehner were both first elected in 2007 and have each served two terms. Kehner also served one four-year term under the commission form of government from 1977 to 1981.

In 2017, the other three seats on city council will be up for election. They are currently held by Council President John Divney, Councilwoman Mary Tighe and Councilman Jack Gibson.

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