WEST WILDWOOD — Scott Golden, Christopher Fox and Cornelius Maxwell won seats on the Borough Commission in Tuesday’s election.
According to the Cape May County Clerk’s Office, unofficial vote totals have Maxwell receiving the most votes with 225, followed by Fox and Golden, who received 218 and 215 votes, respectively. A fourth candidate, Frank Stone, received 151 votes.
Mayor Herbert Frederick and Commissioner Gerard McNamara did not run for re-election.
Golden, who was first elected to the commission in 2008, said Tuesday night that he and his running mates were pleased with the results.
“We knocked on a lot of doors,” Golden said of the campaign.
He added that his immediate focus was on the town’s future.
“I’ll speak for my team. We want to reunite this family community,” Golden said. “It’s not about us. It’s about the community.”
Fox, who was first elected to the commission in 1996 and served as mayor, was a member of the governing body until 2008, when he opted not to run for re-election.
“We’re very excited that the people saw there needed to be a change,” Fox said. Like Golden, he said he wanted to reunite the town, which has seen some division along political lines in recent years, including more than one recall election.
Fox said the borough’s budget was in “bad shape” and he was going to take a look at it in hopes of avoiding future tax increases.
Fox, a former Wildwood police officer, said he also wanted to make the town safe and that the borough’s Police Department has been troubled, noting Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor’s April statement that the department’s staffing is violating state law.
The violations involve the hiring of a former state trooper as a deputy chief and the overuse of Class II special law-enforcement officers.
Maxwell, like his running mates, also spoke of unifying the small town.
‘I just want to reunite this community and stop all this bickering,” he said, adding he would like to see the return of several community events.
He added, “We need to get our financial house in order.”
Voters also supported moving the town’s regular May elections to November. The previous administration had sought to move the election date by ordinance, but Fox and other residents challenged the move in court, arguing that the town’s voters should make the decision.
According to unofficial election results, 263 people voted in favor of switching the election to November, a move many towns have taken to save money, while 45 voted against the switch. That means the next election here will be in November 2016.
Golden said the new commission will be sworn into office at noon Tuesday, May 15, at Borough Hall.
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