By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH
ATLANTIC CITY â€“ While the endorsements and campaign rhetoric are already in high gear for the Atlantic City mayor’s race, incumbent Marty Small Sr. officially announced the launching of his campaign Thursday evening.
Small, an Atlantic City native who was first elected to city council in 2003, was serving as council president when he was elevated to the mayor’s position last October when Frank Gilliam resigned after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges. Gilliam edged Small in the 2018 Democratic primary for mayor.
The campaign announcement came with a website and a 41-page on Small’s future for Atlantic City.
“The Small Plan is designed to advise citizens and taxpayers of what we have been working on in City Hall and the progress that we have made throughout the entire community,” Small said in a statement. “It also give residents an idea of what we can all look forward to in the future as we continue to move Atlantic City forward.”
Small, a former star athlete at Stockton University whose wife LaQuetta Small is principal at Atlantic City High School, touted a new campaign video.
“This special video is truly a labor of love,” Small said. “It features my family, friends, community activists, stakeholders and residents who all mean so very much to me. I urge everyone to watch the video and be inspired.”
Small is facing a challenge from longtime city employee and Stockton University adjunct professor Pamela Thomas-Fields.
Small has already picked up endorsements of three current city council members â€“ Aaron “Sporty” Randolph, Kaleem Shabazz and George Tibbitt â€“ along with Atlantic County Freeholder Ernest Coursey. Thomas-Fields picked up the endorsement of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee.
Feature photo courtesy of Mayor Marty Small Campaign.
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