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Incumbent Hangs on for Two-Vote Win in Ocean City Council Race

Incumbent Hangs on for Two-Vote Win in Ocean City Council Race

By Vince Conti

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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City’s Third Ward councilman, Jody Levchuk, held on to win reelection by a two-vote margin, 402-400, over challenger Amie Vaules, according to election results certified by the Ocean City clerk on Wednesday, May 22.

Levchuk was running for a second term in a municipal election in which nine candidates chased five council seats. It was also a race in which Mayor Jay Gillian made clear his choices for the council, with Levchuk’s challenger Vaules being one of them.

In the only at-large race, newcomer Sean Barnes beat former Councilman Michael DeVlieger, 1,836 to 1,297. Voters returned Fourth Ward incumbent David Winslow to his seat with a comfortable margin of 531 votes to 392 for former school board member Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes. Former Councilman Keith Hartzell beat Paul Stryker in the Second Ward, 354 to 312. In the First Ward incumbent and current council Vice President Terry Crowley Jr. ran unopposed and was returned to his seat with 675 votes.

Of the five candidates supported by Gillian, three, Barnes, Winslow and Crowley, won their races. The two who lost were Stryker and Vaules.

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Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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