McHale says he will not seek re-election in Sea Isle City

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SEA ISLE CITY – Councilman Michael McHale announced this week that he will not seek re-election to city council in Sea Isle City.


He has been a councilman for the past six years. He was first elected in 2007, when Sea Isle City voters approved a referendum to change its form of government from a three-member commission to a five-member city council.

McHale said he was satisfied with what city council and the administration of Mayor Leonard Desiderio was able to accomplish, including the hiring of full-time business administrator George Savastano, revitalization of the city’s downtown and business district, infrastructure upgrades and a new 20 percent discount on flood insurance premiums.

Three council seats are up for election in May. Councilman John J. Divney and Councilwoman Mary Tighe have not announced whether they will run again.

Former Assemblyman Jack Gibson said he plans to run for city council. He held a press conference on Monday, March 4 in front of the former Sea Isle city Elementary School, which is now serving as the temporary City Hall.

Gibson, 79, is a lifelong Sea Isle City resident.

He served six terms as a Republican member of the state Assembly, serving 12 years over a 14 year period.  He lost his last assembly race to Nelson Albano in 2005.


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