Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wildwood Voters Recall Troiano, Davenport

According to unofficial results released tonight by the Cape May County Clerk's Office, Wildwood voters have opted to recall Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. and Commissioner Bill Davenport.

Troiano was ousted by a vote of 624-487. Davenport received even less support, 649-470.

In a subsequent vote, newcomers Al Brannen and Ed "Chip" Harshaw were elected to take their place on the three-person City Commission. They will join Gary DeMarzo, who supported the tax rate-driven recall election of his political rivals.

Brannen and Harshaw ran together under the slogan "Had enough taxes yet?" They received 600 and 577 votes, respectively, in the election to determine who would replace Troiano and Davenport.

Troiano finished third with 496 votes, with Davenport (453), Ernesto Salvatico (45), and John Roat (42) rounding out the field.

The results will remain unofficial until they are verified by City Clerk Christopher Wood on Monday. Assuming they hold up, Troiano and Davenport will be removed from office immediately.

It will then be up to DeMarzo, Brannen, and Harshaw to determine who among the three will become the next mayor. The other two will serve as commissioners.

For more information and updates, see Lauren Suit's coverage in the Cape May County Herald and Trudi Gilfillian's article in the Press of Atlantic City.

No comments:

Post a Comment