OCEAN CITY — Incumbents Peter Madden and Karen Bergman and newcomer John “Tony” Polcini filed their petitions for a place in the spring ballot for City Council with City Clerk Melissa Rasner on Wednesday.
There are three at-large seats on the seven-member governing body up for election in the May 10 non-partisan race. Current 2nd Ward council member Tomaso Rotondi, former council member Michael DeVlieger and Donna Moore are also set to run.
“Despite running separately, the three candidates are united in their efforts to keep Ocean City voters at the center of the decision-making process,” read a statement jointly released by Madden, Bergman and Polcini. They said they were running on “the ideal of keeping power out of politics”.
Madden, broker-owner of Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty, is seeking a third term. He praised the administration of Mayor Jay Gillian, who is also a candidate for re-election.
“Madden hopes to continue the positive relationship he has as a member of council with the mayor and his team,” the campaign statement read.
Bergman, the Flanders Hotel’s catering manager, is the only woman on the board.
Polcini is a lifelong Ocean City resident and the owner of Tony P’s former House of Pie on the boardwalk.
Gillian is being challenged by Councilman Keith Hartzell, whose term on council is also up in this election.
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