By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY â€“ Mayor Marty Small Sr. on Thursday opened up his official campaign to run for a full-term as the city’s mayor, making the announcement at his campaign headquarters.
Small, who just finished a competitive campaign season last year in the primary and general elections to serve out the remaining term of former Mayor Frank Gilliam, will battle once again for the full four-year term.
The mayor will go into the contest with on a slate that includes current council President George Tibbitt, his former campaign treasurer Stephanie Marshall and mayoral staffer Bruce E. Weekes. All three are running for at-large spots on council.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held Tuesday, June 8.
The Atlantic City native and longtime council member, Small was serving as council president when he was elevated to the mayor’s position with Gilliam was forced to resign in October 2019.
“No one can my love for the city,” said Small, who ran for mayor before 2019. “Like I said before, I’m Atlantic City born, Atlantic City bred and when I die, I’ll be Atlantic City dead. I could have gone anywhere in the world, but I decided the lay my boots here. I built my dream home in the same neighborhood I grew up in.”
Small won convincingly in the primary election against adjunct Stockton University professor Pamela Thomas-Fields and in the general election against Republic Thomas Forkin in November, both teams with more than 65 percent of the vote.
Tibbitt, another veteran city council is also a longtime council residence. He took over the president position after the shuffle where Small became mayor. He touted the accomplishments of city council over the past 14 months, from minimizing damage from the June riots, food distribution and keeping the Boardwalk open.
Marshall is an Atlantic City political veteran. She has served on the Atlantic City housing authority along with assisting in numerous other campaigns. She served last year’s as Small’s campaign manager.
“After 20 years of supporting other candidates and volunteering in the community, I thought it was time for me to get out of my comfort zone and step up to the next level,” said Marshall in a statement on Facebook. “Women so often play important roles behind the scenes, Itâ€™s time for us to take on a greater challenge.”
Weekes is the son of the legendary late Atlantic City Judge Bruce F. Weekes. The elder Weekes, who died in 2016, was the first African American to be appointed chief justice of Atlantic City municipal court and the first Black to serve as assistant solicitor for the city.
The younger Weekes currently works as director of the Atlantic City Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University and worked as an assistant accountant in the city’s revenue and finance department before joining the mayor’s office.
My platform will be center on economic justice and vision of creating a more fair and equitable Atlantic City for everyone,” Weekes said. “New investments into the city are good but they don’t become great unless the stakeholder are in a position to benefit and create opportunity.”
Tibbitt sits in one of three at-large positions on council. Mo Delgado and Jeffree Fauntleroy III sit in the other two at-large posts.
Feature photo: Taken from Marty Small re-election campaign press conference from left, Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt, Stephanie Marshall, Mayor Marty Small and Bruce E. Weekes. Photo courtesy Marty Small Instagram
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