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Ocean City Resident Ed Price Challenging Mayor Jay Gillian in May's Elections

Price would like to see additional numbers for the Capital Improvement Plan and the return of remaining downtown businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Ed Price will challenge Mayor Jay Gillian in May's election. (Photo provided by Ed Price)
Ed Price will challenge Mayor Jay Gillian in May's election. (Photo provided by Ed Price)
Ed Price believes Ocean City’s administration needs a change, and he’s decided he wants to be part of that change.

Price will challenge Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian for the seat in May’s non-partisan elections. They are the only two candidates who filed petitions to run for the seat by Monday’s deadline.

Price, a 35-year Ocean City resident and CEO of Computer Service and Support in Somers Point, said he’d like to see more of a long-term approach to the issues, and pointed to a few issues currently facing council.

“They put $250,000 aside for the skateboard park and they don’t know how much it’s going to cost yet,” Price said. “That’s backwards to me. I wouldn’t set anything aside until I figured out the cost estimate first.”

He also spoke of the need to bring the businesses back to the downtown area that still haven’t returned following Superstorm Sandy, and getting people who remain homeless as a result of the storm back into their homes.

Price, who ran for the Fourth Ward Council Seat in 2012 and lost by 36 votes to Peter Guinosso, also sees a need to have a backup for the Capital Improvement Plan and improve the view going into Ocean City off the 34th Street Bridge.

“When you come over the 9th Street Bridge, you feel great, it’s a beautiful scene,” Price said. “When you come over the 34th Street Bridge, you don’t see that. We have to make that gateway as impressive as we can.”

He said he would like to see the increase in cost in the year following the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan and how the city plans to pay for those costs.

Price is married his wife Bonnie and has two children, ages 21 and 19. 

The non-partisan elections are scheduled for May 13.

Lynn Duffy March 15, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Whoever wins this election should follow up on the suggestion to improve the 34th St. gateway which is currently an eyesore with too many signs. It wouldn't take much to improve this; a few perennial gardens and a consolidation of the signs. Also, please do not place those warning signs along the entrance route; it's a rude "welcome" into our city
Arthur Kirkland March 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Very refreshing to see someone recognize the needs of the south end.

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