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.