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.