Atlantic County Republicans have called a Special Election Convention to fill Bill Gormley’s State Senate seat on Tuesday, February 20, according to a report filed by radio personality Harry Hurley. The vote is set for five days after Gormley’s resignation is effective. State law requires these Special Election Conventions to be held seven to 35 days after the vacancy occurs, but like many election laws, those dates appear to be flexible. In 2006, Essex County Democrats filled Evelyn Williams’ vacant Assembly seat just a few days after she resigned, and there was no challenge to Oadline Truitt’s election. Gormley is backing Assembly Minority Whip Frank Blee as his successor. Egg Harbor Township Mayor Sonny McCullough has announced that he will run in the June Senate primary, but has not yet said if he will compete at the Special Election Convention. If Blee wins, the Atlantic County Republican Committee will need to return for a future vote to fill his Assembly seat.