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Former Board of Education President to Run For Ocean City Council

Peter Madden will run for one of three at-large seats in May's election.

Former Board of Education President Peter Madden is running for Ocean City Council. (Patch File Photo)
Former Board of Education President Peter Madden is running for Ocean City Council. (Patch File Photo)
Ocean City Board of Education member Peter Madden intends to run for city council, Shore News Today reports.

Madden, 36, intends to formally announce his candidacy for one of the three at-large seats next week, according to the report. Mayor Jay Gillian and Councilman Michael Allegretto have already announced their intentions to run, according to the report.

The filing deadline for the nonpartisan spring elections is March 10. The election is May 13. 

Madden has been a realtor in Ocean City for almost 10 years, according to petemadden.com. He is a manager for Berkshire Hathaway, Fox & Roach in Ocean City.

He moved to Ocean City in 2004. He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1995 and St. Joseph’s University in 1999. He is a former Board of Education President.

Eric Sauder January 30, 2014 at 06:18 PM
If I say I don't know the man don't assume it was a personal attack.
Eric Sauder January 30, 2014 at 06:47 PM
I think it would be good if we could at least afford to fix the potholes on our streets that haven't been repaved for 50 years. Maybe we need to do more competitive bidding and perform an analysis of how taxpayer dollars are being spent? Look at the numbers?
Jan Thomas January 30, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Wyatt, your comment about "shoobies" is beyond acceptable. You truly are ignorant. I rarely ever made such statements, but here it is called for. Let me tell you something. My husband was raised in Ocean City, his family lives in Ocean City, and we own several properties in Ocean City. As designated "second home owners", to you that would equate to being a "shoobie", we pay your freaking taxes for YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR ROADS YOU USE 356 DAYS A YEAR AND ALL THE REST OF YOUR CRAP. I am coming to town soon and I definitely intend on going to City Council so everyone will see my face, hear my voice and know my words. The term "shoobie" is discriminatory, prejudicial and downright ignorant. Since all of you self-proclaimed "locals" feel you are entitled to the entire island, here's a great suggestion. From hence forward, YOU pay extra, whether you use it or not, work in town, own something in town or rent something in town. All "locals" should immediately be taxed EXTRA due to the fact you locals use everything year round, however, the second homeowners, aka, shoobies, pay for it. BS Enough. I am sick of real estate taxes going up to pay for what YOU locals enjoy year round. A joke. Actually, if anyone were a true local, that would be my husband, I can't say the same for the rest of the drifters who have located into, not from, Ocean City.
Eric Sauder January 30, 2014 at 07:01 PM
What I'm saying is that it isn't enough to say "there's not enough money in the budget." You need to DO something about it. In another week or so a new budget will be proposed. If those problems are going to be addressed, they need to be included in the budget.
Eric Sauder January 30, 2014 at 07:43 PM
I am straying off topic now but I have a question. Isn't it incredulous, when you consider the amount of tax revenue the City takes in, that we can't afford to repave our streets, much less fix potholes, without borrowing money? That wasn't the question. The question is has anyone studied the City's audit report? Does it reconcile reported tax revenue to property tax receipts? Does it reconcile tax revenue to the City budgets? I'm hoping there's any easy answer to this. I worked as an auditor and I don't have a lot of confidence in what may not be a competent and truly independent audit. Anyone?
Frank January 30, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Eric - You are like a ball in a ping pong machine...bouncing all over the place...FOCUS. You think EVERYTHING should be analyzed and you assume it is not. Actually, you assume NOTHING is ever done unless YOU make the suggestion. ANNOYING
Frank January 30, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Eric - I would truly love to see a "For Sale" sign in your front yard.
james smith January 30, 2014 at 07:56 PM
You folks think you have it rough with the Berkshire Hathaway/ Fox & Roach realtors over there? You should check out the cutthroats we have in that outfit's office over here in Margate, NJ. These "Sales Professionals" will say, sign, and swear ANYTHING for a "piece of the action" on any listing; they don't worry about the effects of these tactics because, meh, they have a stable of lawyers to clean up all the messes they create. . . . Lie and litigate; litigate and lie. What a way to make a living. . . . I wouldn't trust one of these realtors to give me the time of day, let alone to work for the benefit of all of a municipality's citizens. . . . But, hey, it's your election and your decision.
CTA January 30, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Way to go ! jan! So many of the posters on the patch, have no clue ....... "This it wrong, this the way I would do it, this is the way we did in my old home town". Gee, no one cares about your rudeness.......it's the same bunch of folks who post up everyday on every topic.......don't like it? Run for office and effect change
Frank January 30, 2014 at 08:04 PM
CTA I could not agree more!
Eric Sauder January 30, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Frank you already stated you don't read newspapers. You don't go to meetings. So you're probably not aware that there was a press article on the 1st ward meeting in the papers yesterday, which is what I just related. Not only that the Coastal thing is going before the PB this Wed. I think any topic in town is worthy of comment on this site, especially current topics that the citizens of this town need to be aware of. If it so upsetting to you why ARE you on Patch all the time?I am because this stuff matters to me, and it should matter to all of us. Its our town too.
OC Girl January 30, 2014 at 09:21 PM
@ Jan Thomas - There are OC locals like myself who live here year round and own property here, but also own property in another location. I pay the same taxes in that other city as I pay in OC, yet don't live there and can't vote there. I would never consider complaining about it, since I was the one who "signed up" for it. It was my idea to take it on, and I knew what I was doing by buying property out of state. If you don't want to pay for what you don't use, sell your property. It's just the way it is when you live in one place and own property in another - you pay for things you'll never use. So be it.
Frank January 30, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Eric - yes, it is our town too - however, it is NOT your job to micro manage out government which is exactly what you are trying to do - it is impossible for the public to be involved in every decision.
Frank January 30, 2014 at 09:48 PM
The Patch should be renamed "The Eric Sauder Patch"
Jan Thomas January 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM
OC Girl, I own 9 other properties in different states. You missed my point completely. In no other place, ever, have I repeatedly heard this "locals" vs. "shoobies" nonsense. As a matter of fact, in all the other places I own, the repeated sentiment is "we're glad you're here and glad to have your business". That's the point you missed. Family's been here for over 60 years and the place sure has changed. Sorry, not going anywhere. Look around the island. It's a fire sale. People are getting out at any and all costs. Year round went from 17,000 to 11,000. Quite a drop. So, I think the appropriate response would have been, "gee, maybe since the majority of the tax payers are second home owners, we should embrace and welcome them". Not what is currently getting worse and worse. It is not a locals vs. shoobie situation. If so, it's real simple to fix. Year round people, should pay more in taxes or dispense of the discriminatory attitude and remarks. Next, all city government employees should have to live in Ocean City. It was done in Washington, D.C. That would help the economy. To reciprocate in kind, if you and other locals don't like the second homeowners, then why don't YOU move. Have a pleasant night everyone.
Jan Thomas January 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM
To Eric, I for one, do like (on occasion) to see what you have written due to the fact that you claim you attend the city council meetings. It is informative. That's all I'm interested in since I live 3,000 miles away. I only go on patch if there is something interesting that sends me there. Otherwise, I find that there are a lot of people not using their real names, which to me, means they want to hide behind being anonymous. Zero credence in my book. I don't like, or dislike, anyone on here. One, I don't know them and two I don't care what someone's opinion is. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I read it, digest it, investigate it if I feel it merits it, and that's it.
Eric Sauder January 30, 2014 at 11:39 PM
What everyone is missing is that Wyatt is a second home owner. And he's reflecting back the kind of reception he feels he receives for being one. Having said that he does drive everyone crazy with his shoobie statements. Its unfortunate that second homeowners feel like they're not welcome here. I don't believe that the of majority of residents of this town look down on second home owners. Most of us were second home owners before moving here. I don't know what Wyatt's motive is but he seems to like to kick a hornets nest from time to time. Yeah I've been to a lot of meetings and I talk to people. I have a finger on the pulse of this town and know how it works. To some people my comments must seem like they're coming out of right field but they're quite factual. And my opinions are considered and supportable. It is what it is. I know stuff a lot of people don't know and some of it I'm reluctant to go public with. My purpose is to keep people informed and foment much needed change.
vic January 31, 2014 at 01:17 AM
pete madden has been a true role model here in ocean city. with 4 children he still has time to contribute his time to many city events and organizations. when he served on the school board, he always considered what was best for the students first. I'm torn about his candidacy for city council, because if he was elected, then he would have to resign from the school board, and that would be a loss for the school district.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 03:57 AM
Fine. I’m going to make a list of questions for the new candidates. Whoever scores the highest will get my vote. It’s the issues that should decide this election. I like what was said about open space and a family friendly environment. But there are many many other issues to consider. And there’s one issue I won’t ask about. Any candidate who comes up with it on his / her own will have a decided advantage. Hey its only one vote and in the greater scheme of things it doesn’t mean a heck of a lot. But I encourage everyone else to do the same.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 05:54 AM
Gee the context is lost for this conversation. There was an A that lead to B and then C. I'm aware that there are people reading this thread from outside the area and was trying to keep them posted on what's going on. I suppose Patch will cover some of it when it happens.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 12:13 PM
If Mr. Madden is serious about families I'd like to know what his plans are for creating a more family friendly Ocean City. Wouldn't those plans have to include building residential neighborhoods? When you convert distressed commercial property into residential the relative cost of the land is considerably lower. Were you to build more modest single family homes I believe they would be attractive to families, and maybe even affordable. The same is true for retirees that are looking to downsize and don't want to live in a duplex. Neither will a condominium complex be the first choice of a family with children. What will he do to promote residency? We promote tourism and build vacation homes. How about promoting residency and building residences? Since Mr. Madden knows zoning how would he rezone Ocean City? Would he rezone to encourage residency or rezone to maximize profit margins? Will he act to protect the few stores and restaurants that are left in our neighborhoods? If so he is an independent candidate. As a realtor he must be aware of the demand for traditional single family homes. Single family neighborhoods. These are key questions. The future of Ocean City as a community depends on getting the answers right.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM
As things stand the current zoning will convert many single family homes to duplex. As a result of Sandy many of those homes will soon be redeveloped. If you want to see what a coastal cottage truly looks like drive along portions of West, especially on my part of the island. Will he act to protect those single family cottages or let them be redeveloped as duplex?
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM
I have to confess that the prospect of having another builder or realtor serving in city government would not be my first choice. But heck I should at least try to find out what a candidate stands for. What he hopes to accomplish. Apparently he did a good job on the school board. The council members we have now did a good job for the developers. What is critical is what his objectives are.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM
When you go to as many meetings as I do you find that someone or other invariably has to recuse himself. This is getting out of hand.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM
What about the proposed Solei? Do you feel that what is proposed (I hear a 90 unit condominium complex) is the best use for that site?
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 01:02 PM
I'm just getting started with the questions but that's enough for now. Let's get to know our candidates.
CTA January 31, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Eric, you have so much to say about everything.....why are you not running for office? Seriously? Why not?
OC4EVER January 31, 2014 at 02:45 PM
If Eric ran, I would vote for him. He appears to not have a hidden agenda and is not a builder/realtor/developer/investor.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 06:23 PM
First let me apologize for being all over the place on Patch. I'm sure it does become annoying after while. And yes its better to do something other than complain. Its just a big commitment and I don't have that much money to put into it. Sadly it does take money to run. And I wonder too if the citizens of this town are ready for change or are as aware of the need for it as I am. I talked to an old friend this morning who is encouraging me to stay in the fight and to try to make a difference. That's all any of us can do. So I'm going to circulate a petition. If enough people sign it I'll run. I'm not in it for me, but if there are enough people in this town that want me to run, I'll do the best I can do for all of us. Thanks for the encouragement. I needed it.
Eric Sauder January 31, 2014 at 06:29 PM
I'm on a thread announcing the candidacy of someone else so I'm not going to say more about it here. I'll put something out on Patch soon.

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