It’s Gillian vs. Price in the Race for Ocean City Mayor

It’s Gillian vs. Price in the Race for Ocean City Mayor


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.


Ed Price
Ed Price
Ed Price: The 54-year-old is the CEO of a medical laboratory computer firm and current chairperson of the Ocean City Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. He is a former chairperson of the Ocean City Library Board (and served during a major renovation and expansion project).
Price says he is running on a platform of  “FACTS”:  Fairness, Accountability, Communication, Transparency, Sensibility.
“I hope to bring a fundamental sense of fairness to Ocean City government,” Price said. “I want everyone in our city to get the same ‘fair shake.’ I want the lone homeowner to get the same consideration as the big builder when they want to improve their property. I know we can do better.”