As the unofficial results rolled into a local watch party at the Parkside Grille Tuesday night, it was clear that those running on civility and returning the city's focus to governance won big.
In one of the closest-watched races, which was Dr. Kenneth Remy versus Tammy Shea for a seat on in Ward 3, Dr. Remy pulled away with 77.1 percent of the vote. Tammy Shea, who was known for leading attacks on Wildwood's Mayor Bowlin and who was recently censured by the council for behavior beneath the dignity of the office, garnered the second lowest number of votes of the evening.
Chris Young, who never really fielded a campaign viable enough to challenge incumbent Joe Garritano, was the lowest vote-getter with a 11.8 of the vote in a dramatically uneven contest for a Ward 8 seat.
Jean Vedvig failed to unseat Katie Dodwell in Ward 4. Dodwell won with 58.2 percent of the vote.
Lauren Edens, who is new to the Wildwood political scene won against Tony Salvatore in the Ward 2 race with nearly 70 percent of the vote. This is the second year in a row that Mr. Salvatore has lost a bid for this seat, with this year's loss initiating the tenure of one of the youngest council members seen in recent memory.
John Bopp was re-elected to his Ward 6 seat in a three-way race with 50.5 percent of the vote.
In a stunning result, unofficial tallies show Larry Brost and David Hudson at a tie with 286 votes each for the Ward 1 seat. If the results do not change with certification, who wins may come down to a coin toss.
Finally, with 53.3 percent, Dave Bertolino retained his seat in a challenge by former Mayor Ed Marshall.
"With all but one of these races settled, it is time now for the council to turn its attention to governance, which is something that unfortunately did not happen after the last campaign season," said Steve Taylor, councilman from Ward 4. "We are seeing voters reject incivility tonight and if members of the council ignore their calls for practical governance, they do so at their peril."
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