A Boardwalk business owner and longtime fire company volunteer is entering local politics with a bid for City Council.
William “Will” Savage III, 42, filed last week for one of three seats up for grabs in the November election.
An Ocean City native, Savage grew up helping his family run the oceanfront Majestic Hotel on the Boardwalk. He started working with the business around 8 years old and moved to a top management position before his family sold the property in April.
Savage is a long-time member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company and today runs a Boardwalk store with his family.
Savage’s time with the fire company began when he was 14 and has lasted 29 years. He has held multiple positions, including treasurer, lieutenant and assistant chief.
According to a news release about his campaign, Savage is a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed boat captain for up to 100 tons, and certified rescue swimmer and diver.
Savage said in the release that if elected, he commits to improving the overall quality of life for residents, while maintaining sensible government and a consistent tax rate. He also pledges to promote the resort and all its businesses in a positive, professional manner to spur sustainable tourism growth.
As of earlier this week, Savage as well as Council President Matt James and newcomer Carol Proctor were the only candidates who had filed for the nonpartisan municipal election on Nov. 8. The seats of Councilmen Lloyd Martin and Mark Paddack are also on the ballot this year, along with Mayor Rick Meehan’s seat.
Sitting council members who do not wish to run for reelection must submit resignation papers by Oct. 4, and the filing deadline for all candidates is Oct. 11. Ocean City residents who want to vote in November must register by Oct 18.
For more information on the upcoming municipal election, visit thei city’s website.