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Councilman Scott Ping Will Not Run For Re-election

In all, five candidates will run for three open council seats, and two candidates will run for mayor.

Ocean City Councilman Scott Ping will not run for re-election in May.
Ocean City Councilman Scott Ping will not run for re-election in May.
Ocean City Council will be absent one incumbent following the May elections.

Citing that he is “not crazy about the current makeup of council,” and he didn’t want to “sit up there and go through the motions,” Scott Ping announced he will not run for re-election this spring.

He made his announcement Monday afternoon with 30 minutes to go before the deadline to file petitions in the May 13 elections.

In all, five candidates will run for three open council seats, and two candidates will run for mayor.

Keith Hartzell and Michael Allegretto will run for re-election in the non-partisan council elections. Board of Education Member Peter Madden, retired Philadelphia police officer and city resident Michael Hyson and community activist Eric Sauder will challenge for the three open seats. Sauder operates a blog that runs on Ocean City Patch.

Resident Ed Price will challenge Mayor Jay Gillian in the mayoral race.

All petitions have been certified, according to the Ocean City Clerk’s Office.

First elected n 2006, Ping was re-electedin 2010 with 1,786 votes.

“Because of the aggressive nature of the administration in my first four years on council, we not only worked hard, we were able to accomplish many good things for the city,” Ping said. “ … As a council, we worked hard to control costs and protect the taxpayers from outrageous tax increases. Because the administration aggressively went after federal and state grant tax money, many projects were completed without the burden falling directly on the tax payers of Ocean City.”

He went on to say council and the administration didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but that fell into the checks and balances needed to operate a fair and effective government.

“Entering my second term on council, it became clear that the only way to make any definitive changes to our budget was through policy change.”

Ping believes his attempt at enacting policy changes has “fallen on deaf ears.”

“To all my friends who have supported me when I ran for office, I thank you for your support,” Ping said. “To those who did not support me when I ran for office, I respect your decision. However, I hope that in some way, I was able to make a decision that had a positive impact on your life here in Ocean City.”

The non-partisan municipal elections are scheduled for May 13.

Matt Bechta March 11, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Broad question: who is eligible to vote in this election? How can a non-resident property owner participate? Is there an absentee vote process?
vic March 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM
matt, you answered your own question. you have to be a resident to vote.
OCnjOC March 11, 2014 at 03:22 PM
I'll drink to that!

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