Likely to be overshadowed by the Newark mayoral election, the May race for Mayor of Ocean City is worth watching. Three candidates are in the race to succeed incumbent, Henry “Bud” Knight, who is retiring after fourteen years, and nearly forty in local government: Councilman Jody Alessandrine, who almost upset Knight in 2002; Councilman Frank McCall; and Salvatore Perillo, a former Atlantic County Counsel who was Newark’s Corporation Counsel under Mayor Kenneth Gibson in the 1970’s. While the race is technically non-partisan, McCall has the backing of the Cape May County Republican Organization; Alessandrine and Perillo are Democrats. (Perillo’s law partner is Keith Davis, the newly-elected Atlantic County Republican Chairman.) A poll conducted by Kellyanne Conway for the Cape May GOP shows Alessandrine leading McCall by a 34%-15% margin, with Perillo running third with 10%. Conway, a South Jersey native who runs a Washington polling firm, says that the large number of undecided voters makes the race wide open.