Report: Camden Mayor Frank Moran to resign

Camden mayor, Frank Moran, offers remarks at a community rally held in Camden to create a safer environment for children on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Miguel Martinez / WHYY)

Camden mayor, Frank Moran, offers remarks at a community rally held in Camden to create a safer environment for children on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Miguel Martinez / WHYY)

Camden Mayor Frank Moran plans to resign, according to sources cited by The Inquirer.

The newspaper reported that the 52-year-old is expected to announce his departure at the end of next month. The Inquirer reported that the mayor is expected to cite health reasons.

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Moran, a Democrat, was elected in 2017 and would be leaving his post months before the end of his first term. His departure would leave the city’s Democratic Party to select a number of candidates to serve out his term. Camden’s City Council would then choose his replacement from that list of candidates before a general election in November.

Shortly after news of his potential resignation became public, Councilmember Angel Fuentes and Camden County Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson expressed support for Councilmember Vic Carstarphen.

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“We couldn’t be prouder to support Vic as we fight to keep the positive momentum in Camden,” they said in a statement. “We urge our entire City Committee and Democratic leadership to join us in endorsing Vic Carstarphen for Mayor so we can continue the great work of Mayor Moran.”

A former city council president, Moran has worked in city and county for more than two decades. He came into city government as a laborer hired by the Camden Public Works Department in 1990 and ran for council in 1997, winning a seat on the seven-member elected board. He served as director of the Camden County Parks Department until his election as mayor.

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