Former Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles has staged a political comeback, winning a seat on the Egg Harbor Township Committee.
Balles and his running mate, Atlantic City teacher Andrew Parker, defeated Democrats Crystal Mays and Nadine Flynn. Balles was the top vote-getter with 7,650 votes, followed by Parker with 7,105. Flynn took 6,181 and Mays received 6,168.
Elected sheriff in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, he ran for the State Senate in 2013 but lost to incumbent James Whelan. He was easily re-elected sheriff in 2014 but did not seek re-election to a fourth term last year.
Balles replaces Sonny McCullough, who did not seek re-election to the township committee after 32 years in public office.
The 76-year-old McCullough spent 28 years as mayor and four more as a township committeeman. He served briefly in the State Senate, winning a special election convention for State Senate after Bill Gormley resigned. With the support of Rep. Frank LoBiondo, he upset Gormley’s handpicked successor, Assembly Minority Whip Frank Blee, with 61% at the Atlantic County Republican convention. He lost the 2007 general to Democrat Jim Whelan.