Will Atlantic Dems actually replace their candidate this time?

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Ronald Ruff promises that his party will select a new candidate for County Clerk by August 20. His candidate, two-term incumbent Michael Garvin, announced last week that he was dropping his bid for re-election. Three years ago, the Democrats picked Ruff’s wife, Patricia Wild, a former deputy attorney general and legal counsel for Bally’s casino, as their candidate for County Executive against incumbent Dennis Levinson. But Wild, citing a lack of financial support from the state party, dropped out of the race in May. Democrats, including Ruff, who was the party’s Executive Director in 2003, spent three months promising to find another candidate, but in the end Levinson wound up running without opposition.

Will Atlantic Dems actually replace their candidate this time?