Atlantic Democrats still have no County Clerk candidate

Atlantic County Democrats have still not picked a new candidate for County Clerk. Incumbent Michael Garvin dropped his bid for a third term in July and the new County Chairman, Ronald Ruff, had promised a replacement by August 20. But divisions within the party — Ruff ousted County Chairman James Carroll by just a handful of votes in June — have made it more difficult for party leaders to settle on a candidate. Sources say that four candidates are under consideration: Blondell Spellman, a former Assistant General Counsel and the Director of Human Resources for the Claridge Hotel Casino and an Adjuncy Profssor at The Richard Stockton College; former Atlantic City Council President Edward McGettigan; Northfield Mayor Frank Perri; and former Atlantic County Board of Elections Chairman Mark Stein. McGettigan was the Republican candidate for Atlantic County Surrogate in 2005, but lost by 2,389 votes to James Carney, a Freeholder who had switched parties earlier that year. McGettigan is now a Democrat, joining his brother, Atlantic County Sheriff James McGettigan, who won re-election by 13,071 votes in the same election. The Republican candidate is Sonya Harris, the Deputy Clerk of the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders.

Atlantic Democrats still have no County Clerk candidate