The Press of Atlantic City has endorsed Democrat James Whelan for State Senator in the second district. Whelan, a one-term Assemblyman and former Mayor of Atlantic City, is challenging GOP incumbent Sonny McCullough, who went to the Senate last February after William Gormley retired.
"As mayor, Whelan demonstrated the political skills to make things happen. He worked in a bipartisan way with diverse people and interest groups. As assemblyman, he has shown the ability, at times, to think creatively in order to sidestep legislative obstacles: He is attempting, for example, to find a realistic approach to preventing another casino shutdown, after one approach was considered unconstitutional," the editorial said. "Another proposal by Whelan, to require all governmental records be put online, has gotten statewide attention for promoting more open government." READ