Jiampetti to become new EHC mayor

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EGG HARBOR CITY _  Voters overwhelmingly selected Councilwoman Lisa Jiampetti to be their new mayor on Election Day, affirming the city’s stance to use new housing developments as a pathway to economic development.

Jiampetti, a Democrat, captured 1,011 votes or 63.62 percent to defeat current Republican Councilman Clifford Mays Jr., who received 576 or 36.25 percent, according to results released Tuesday night by Atlantic County Clerk Edward A. McGettigan.

Results will become official when they are certified later this week and after this newspaper’s deadline.

“I’m extremely excited,” Jiampetti said. “I’m very happy.”

Jiampetti and Mays differed in their beliefs over the tax abatements that will be given to the new owners of homes constructed in the Neighborhoods of Cedar Creek housing development on the north end of the city.

Jiampetti, and the members of the current City Council, felt the abatements would lead to residential development which would create a better business climate for downtown merchants.

Mays, however, felt the abatement made it difficult and nearly impossible for current homeowners to sell their houses in a market where there are between 100 and 150 vacant homes in the city.


City Council

Longtime City Councilman and current Council President Ed Dennis led a Democratic Party sweep of the top three positions for three seats on the nine-member City Council.

Dennis captured 945 votes or 21.16 percent. He was followed by former 9-year Councilman Douglas Dickinson, who returned to government by getting 900 votes or 20.16 percent. Mason Wright Jr. of the Egg Harbor City Crusaders organization captured 871 votes or 19.51 percent.

Republican challengers were several hundred votes behind.

Former Councilman Frank J. Maccri received 607 votes or 13.59 percent. Joseph K. May earned 601 votes or 13.46 percent and Angelo Lello received 540 or 12.09 percent.

Jiampetti was impressed with the success her ticket had at the voting booths.

“You know the thing is that as leaders we have to make the best decision for the good of everybody,” Jiampetti said. “Some people may not like what we are doing, but the majority did.”

“Ed is a visionary,” she said. “He has the best heart for the people of Egg Harbor City.”

Jiampetti also said Dickenson, who had previously served nine years on City Council, provided stability for the city.

“Mason has a lot of support,” she said. “He’s young and he knows what the young families are looking for.”


Egg Harbor City School Board 

Incumbent Board President Stephen V. Bouchard was re-elected to the Egg Harbor City Board of Education, receiving 524 votes or 42.26 percent of the vote in a race for two positions on the seven-member board.

However, challenger Julie A. Hall earned 414 votes or 33.39 percent to defeat incumbent Vice President Richard S. Dovey, who captured 298 votes of 24.03 percent.


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