Seven candidates for four seats on the Cape May Council


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CAPE MAY — In a city with fewer than 2,000 registered voters, four of the city council’s five seats are up for grabs, making it the only municipality in Cape May County that could see a significant change of government in this election.

But one of the re-election contenders said he didn’t expect to see a sea change in the city no matter who won on Tuesday.

“I think the candidates who have the best chance of winning are all level-headed people,” said Shaine Meier, an incumbent seeking another four-year term. “They all care about their city.”

The election is non-partisan, meaning party affiliation is not shown on the ballot. Also on the ballot for three full four-year terms are Lorraine Baldwin, who is also incumbent, Mark DiSanto, Clarence Lear and Maureen McDade.

City council member Stacy Sheehan has decided not to seek another term this year. In a previous interview, she declined to say why.

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Michael Yeager, who was appointed to the board, is a candidate for the remaining two years of his term. Former Council member Patricia Gray Hendricks challenges him for the seat.

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Of the current governing body, only Mayor Zach Mullock does not have to run this year to retain his seat. In Cape May, voters directly elect the mayor, who serves as chairman of the council and has a single vote on the five-member council. The day-to-day operations of the town are managed by the town manager.

Mullock ousted former mayor Clarence “Chuck” Lear in 2020. Mullock was a council member at the time and had to step down from his council seat to become mayor. This year, Lear, 64, is running for a term on the board.

Lear is retired from the Cape May Police Department. He grew up in Cape May and said he and his wife, Karen, raised their three sons in the community.

Lear cited several accomplishments during his time as mayor, including navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Cape May, and updating the city’s master plan. the city.

“There are important decisions regarding the future of Cape May. Now is not the time to sit back and let someone else do it,” Lear said. “I promise to be your experienced, transparent, independent and accountable leader on City Council.”

In 2020, Lear and Hendricks ran like a ticket. This time they are launching separate campaigns.


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“We are still friends. It’s not like a big breakup,” Lear said Tuesday. “We each have our strengths. We felt it would be best for each of us to promote our strengths in separate campaigns. »

Hendricks, who declined to give his age, is a realtor challenging Yeager for the two-year term.

She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and high school education from George Washington University, as well as other certifications, including one from Rutgers University’s Center for Government Services’ Municipal Elected Officials Program and another from the council. state planning for municipal land use. She has also served on the city’s planning board and other positions, and is a member of the Kiwanis club.

“I feel the voters of Cape May deserve to have a choice by voting for an experienced candidate for this council,” she said. “Many of the projects on the city’s skyline are complex and transformative. My experience will lead to positive results for taxpayers.

Baldwin, 55, incumbent, said she loved Cape May and wanted the opportunity to continue serving the city.

“I also believe that a lot can be accomplished by bringing to the board a spirit of cooperation with the intention of getting things done,” she said. “I am a representative of all peoples and I bring a balanced view of the issues. I also rely on my leadership abilities which have been demonstrated over the past two years in the city and county.


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Baldwin has been married for 33 years and has two adult children. She works as a learning disabilities teacher consultant with the Ocean City School District and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Rowan University and a postgraduate degree in education from Seton University. Lobby.

Yeager, 69, holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in finance in business administration. He said he was semi-retired from his own business and volunteered as finance chairman of the Corinthian Yacht Club.

He says he wants to complete the term for which he was appointed.

“My campaign theme is ‘Dedicated to Maintaining the Character of Cape May,'” he said.

Yeager has four goals: to ensure that Cape May does not adopt a redevelopment zone anywhere in the city; ensure steady progress in the construction of a new desalination plant to guarantee a reliable future water supply; to support the timely completion of the new station in a fiscally responsible manner and to ensure that the city implements flood mitigation efforts beginning with the reconstruction of the levee at the east end of Cape May.

McDade, 62, has worked for more than 30 years as a senior health care executive, she said, including managing multimillion-dollar budgets. She is president of the Village Greene Civic Association and active in the Cape May Taxpayers Association and other organizations. She came to Cape May as a child, and she and her husband retired to the community.


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“I decided to run because I thought my professional experience and personal perspective would be helpful to the current administration,” she said. “As a council representative, I am committed to representing both residents and businesses in the community, to working to preserve the unique characteristics that make Cape May what it is, to ensuring that the future landscape of the city take into account the quality of life of its residents and exercise good business judgment in determining the use of taxpayers’ money.

Meier, 37, has worked as a butcher for years and said he was looking for a new job. He earned an associate’s degree from Atlantic Cape Community College, saying his first day there was when the Cape May County campus opened, and began work on a bachelor’s degree at the University. of Stockton when he was elected. He plans to complete this degree.

Meier was born in California and raised in Cape May.

“My dad was in the Coast Guard,” he said. He was involved with the 4-H Club and with scouting, he said. He said he wanted to be re-elected to continue working on the multiple projects the city has underway.

DiSanto, 61, is a boat captain who said he has led fishing trips all over the East Coast and beyond, describing himself as being at home in Cape May for decades.

“The Cape May City Council needs a Captain on Council representing the boating community,” he said. He called for a new focus on Cape May’s future. “Cape May has to keep its chin into the wind. The winds of change are here. The wind will change the course of history. Cape May is like a rudderless ship and cannot find its way.

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