NEW FOR TUESDAY: Council President Files For Re-Election

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OCEAN CITY — Council President Jim Hall marks his 25th year as an elected official in Ocean City this year, and he officially confirmed on Monday he is looking to extend his tenure.

Jim Hall, council president since 2010, filed yesterday for another term at City Hall, bringing the total number of City Council candidates to nine. Along with Jim Hall, vying for four open council seats in the Nov. 6 election are incumbents Doug Cymek, Joe Hall and Mary Knight as well as Bob Baker, Sean Rox, John Franklin Adkins, Joe Mitrecic and Dennis Dare.

“I’m not finished yet, that’s why I’m running,” Jim Hall said today in an interview. “This election is all about personalities, but I really think it needs to be about the wallet and continuing the city on the course we have laid out over the last two years — being conservative and watching our spending.”

More of the interview can be viewed later this week, including his reasons for the “administration change” that took place in September of 2011 and why he takes responsibility for the confusion and concerns sparked by the move.

“I am to blame for how that went down and I should have expressed the reasons for the change better at that time. I said a change in management direction, but there was more to it, and I should have been more clear about it at that time,” he said.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.