The field is set and it will be a two-man race for Ocean City mayor in the May municipal election.
Incumbent Mayor Jay Gillian will face Ed Price, a regular critic of the mayor’s administration who is active in a number of different community organizations.
The deadline to submit petitions to run for mayor passed at 4 p.m. Monday, and Gillian and Price were the only two to submit signatures. Both petitions have been certified, according to City Clerk Linda MacIntyre. The May 13 election also will include a City Council race for three seats among five candidates.
The mayoral candidates are as follows:Mayor Jay Gillian
Jay Gillian: The 49-year-old owner of the Gillian’s Wonderland Pier amusement center on the Ocean City Boardwalk was elected mayor in 2010.
In a statement released on Friday, Gillian said:
I’m running for another term for a few simple reasons:
- I love what I’m doing, and I love Ocean City.
- I’m proud of what has been accomplished during my first term.
- I want to continue the progress we’ve made as we’ve stabilized operating expenses and significantly increased our capital improvement program.
- I want to provide proven, common sense leadership to maintain Ocean City as “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” a great place to live, raise a family, invest or visit.
Gillian announced on Monday the appointment of Drew Fasy as his campaign manager. Fasy served as a co-chair of the OCNJ CARE relief organization in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.