The office of the Atlantic County Clerk tossed petitions filed by Darlene Samuel and Robert Wesson Monday, upholding a challenge filed by Atlantic County Chairman Michael Suleiman.
“Our office reviewed the argument provided within the challenge letter with County Counsel, along the case law and statutes cited,” Deputy County Clerk Michael Sommers said in letters to Wesson and Samuel. “Therefore, our determination is that the argument provided is sufficient as presented and the petition therefore deemed invalid.”
Atlantic County Chairman Michael Suleiman last week challenged the petitions, charging they were invalid because state law does not allow candidates seeking different offices to file joint petitions and because their filings did not indicate which office was sought by which candidate.
Samuel was running for county clerk, while Wesson intended to make a bid for a seat on the Atlantic County Commission.
County Democrats are backing Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti to replace Clerk Ed McGettigan, who is not seeking re-election. Celeste Fernandez is Democrats’ pick for an at-large seat on the County Commission.
Wesson and Samuel can attempt to overturn the ruling in the Appellate Court.