(Oct. 3, 2014) With three more candidates filing this week, the November ballot for Ocean City Council is finally competitive.
On Monday, non-incumbent candidates Wayne Hartman and Matthew James filed for office. Council President Lloyd Martin filed for re-election Tuesday morning.
“There’s so much more to do,” Martin said. “With the town’s strategic plan now in place, I want to be able to see it forward. I feel positive I can do another four years, and do it right.”
If re-elected, this would be Martin’s fourth term.
Hartman is a long-time developer and owner of 11 rental properties, particularly in the downtown area where he provides year-round employee housing.
He serves as Treasurer of the Ocean City Development Corporation as well as on various OCDC committees. Hartman is also Vice-Chairman of the Worcester County Planning Commission.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” he said. “I hope to be here for a long time, and my children have a future in this community as well. I’m at a point in my business now where I have the time to serve.”
James is a Property Manager for the Carousel Group and a seven-year member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company. He is the son of Carousel Group Managing Partner Michael James and was integral in his father’s campaigns for the Maryland House of Delegates and State Senate.
“I was very active on the campaign trail,” James said. “I really enjoyed everything that we did. I had a great time and want to continue my political experience.”
Four council seats in Ocean City, held currently by Martin and council members Brent Ashley, Joe Mitrecic and Margaret Pillas, are open.
Pillas announced two weeks ago that she will not seek a third term this November.
Additionally, although his seat would not normally open until 2016, Councilman Joe Mitrecic has announced his resignation from council, effective Nov. 3, to take Ocean City’s uncontested seat on the Worcester County Commissioners.
Per the city’s charter, the fourth-place vote-getter in the upcoming election will fill the vacant two years of Mitrecic’s term.
Although he is the only major factor in the race still up in the air, Ashley had not yet decided at press time if he will file for re-election. The last day to do so is Monday, Oct. 6.
Four additional non-incumbent candidates have filed in past weeks – Tony DeLuca, Chris Rudolf, Philip Ufholz and Joe Cryer.
Cryer, however, previously said he would likely not seek office due to personal issues.
Since the Mayor’s term is only two years, Mayor Rick Meehan will also be up for re-election. Although he has not yet filed, he currently faces no opposition.