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Frank X. Balles

Former sheriff wins township committee seat

Frank Balles returns to office in Egg Harbor Township

By David Wildstein, November 07 2018 4:06 am

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.

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