Ocean City Today

Mayor, councilmembers’ terms end in 2018

By Greg Ellison | Jan 11, 2018

(Jan. 12, 2018) Three Ocean City Council members, as well as Mayor Rick Meehan, are up for re-election in 2018, with Wayne Hartman, Matt James and Lloyd Martin nearing the end of their four-year terms.

With the filing deadline 10 months away on Oct. 9, none of the incumbents have announced their plans for the Nov. 6 municipal election.

Martin said based on positive feedback from colleagues and city employees, he is leaning towards seeking another term in office.

“I am inclined to run again,” he said.

The final decision maker for Martin will be community sentiment.

“I want them to let me know they want me to run,” he said.

Matt James, who is winding down his first term in office after being elected in 2014, isn’t saying what his intentions are, but offered a hint that he might want to continue.

“I’m happy with what I’m doing and enjoy the position,” he said.  “We’ve got a good team. I feel like I’ve grown a lot and I look forward to serving the people of Ocean City.”

Although Hartman recently announced his candidacy for the Maryland House of Delegates District 38C seat, with the primary set for June 16, the outcome of that race will be known before the Oct. 9 filing deadline for the Ocean City election.

“If for some reason I’m not successful in the primary race for the House of Delegates, there still is the option to run for council or another office in the city,” he said.

Mayor Rick Meehan said with numerous long-term infrastructure projects underway, and other challenges like assuring the resorts’ viewscape is not altered by proposed wind farms and addressing problems associated with motor vehicle events, he looks forward to returning to office in 2018.

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