The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Camden Mayor Frank Moran will resign and depart office at the end of April, setting up an open seat contest in the June Democratic primary.
Moran will cite his personal health as the reason for his early departure, the Inquirer sources said.
Vic Carstarphen, a city councilman and local basketball legend, will likely emerge as a leading contender to become the next mayor, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Camden County Sheriff Whip Wilson and City Councilman Angel Fuentes confirmed Moran’s departure and endorsed Carstarphen for mayor.
Council President Curtis Jenkins would serve as acting mayor until the Camden City Democratic Committee picks an interim replacement.
The local Democratic party would submit three names to the council, who would then pick one of them as the new mayor.
Local Democrats could designate Moran’s replacement as their preferred candidate for the Democratic mayoral nomination in the primary election.
The organization line candidate would run in the primary on a slate headed by Gov. Phil Murphy.
Carstarphen, who is in his second year on the city council, has been the head coach of the Camden High School basketball team since 2014. He is among the most celebrated basketball players in Camden High School history and was captain of the Temple University basketball team. Carstarphen spent 10 years on the Camden Board of Education.
Jenkins, a former school board member and Laborers’ International Union Local 222, could emerge as a possible candidate.
Other possible candidates include: Councilwoman Felisha Reyes-Morton; Assemblyman William Spearman (D-Camden); Camden County Commissioner Carmen Rodriguez; and Fuentes, a former assemblyman.
Moran, 52, was elected in 2017 after Mayor Dana Redd declined to seek re-election. He had served as a city councilman since 1997.