An Atlantic City resident has formally announced his run for mayor as an "Independent Democrat."

John McQueen, who previously ran as both a Republican and a Democrat, is running against incumbent Mayor Lorenzo Langford and Republican Don Guardian.

"I rise to this challenge, not to oppose any one candidate or any one policy, but more importantly, to represent our city as a whole, McQueen said in an emailed press statement,

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In 2008, McQueen received 9 percent of the mayoral vote running as a Republican. Then, in 2011, he ran as a Democrat for council.

"I vow to commit all of my time and effort to offer new ideas and to drive a new vision and new direction," he said. "The ultimate result of my efforts will be a reduction in taxes, a reduction in crime and an increase in education awareness."

The release does not give any details on the plans that will make this happen. McQueen did not respond to an email request for comment and none of the numbers previously listed for him was in service.

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