Lorenzo Langford has decided not to challenge incumbent Marty Small in the Demcoratic primary for mayor of Atlantic City, but has not ruled out running as an independent in the November, according to a report from WPG Talk Radio’s Harry Hurley.
The move sets up a two-way Democratic primary between Small and former Assemblyman Thomas Foley, who announced his bid in January.
“I am keeping all of my options open that I may be a candidate for mayor in the general election,” Langford told Hurley.
Langford declined comment in a call from the New Jersey Globe.
The NJ Globe first reported last month that Langford was considering a comeback bid for the post he held from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2014. He has been elected twice and defeated for re-election twice.
Small won a special election in 2020, scoring large pluralities in the primary (64%-31%) and general elections (70%-30%). He ran with the support of Langford, as well as Gov. Phil Murphy and U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.
He became mayor in October 2019 after Frank Gilliam resigned after pleading guilty to wire fraud for stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball program he ran.