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Election Causes Major Upset In Ocean City Council

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The jubilant celebration from supporters of the three winners was a stark contrast to the stoic looks of disappointment on the faces of the four candidates who came up short.

The most disappointed of those was Council President Joe Mitrecic, who was unseated by newcomer Brent Ashley by a mere 41 votes. Mitrecic is the first council president to be ousted in more than 20 years.

Incumbents Margaret Pillas and Lloyd Martin held onto their seats. Pillas teamed up with Ashley during the campaign. The two will help form the first conservative majority on the council in more than a decade. Pillas broke into tears as the results were announced.

"When I first came out to run, the taxpayers were telling me they wanted more conservative and fiscally responsible. I just worked 12 years to help that come to fruition and here we are, it's just unbelievable," Pillas says.

That new majority is expected to push for drastic cuts in both government spending, and employee salaries.

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