Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti formally entered the race for Atlantic County Clerk, where embattled incumbent Edward McGettigan has decided not to seek re-election.
She faces Calvin Ferrara, the deputy political director for Amy Kennedy’s 2020 campaign for Congress, and Mico Lucide, who is advocating for the redesign of ballots that would effectively eliminate the organization line.
The Atlantic County Democratic Candidate Recruitment Committee has recommended Jiampetti, who must now win the upcoming county convention to receive the line.
If the 58-year-old Jiampetti wins, she would be the first woman to serve as county clerk since Lori Mooney retired in 1997.
Republicans are expected to run Hammonton Councilman Joe Giralo.
Jiampetti has won three races for mayor and two for city council in Egg Harbor City, a small but politically competitive municipality in the northern part of Atlantic County. She has a doctorate in organizational leadership and is married to a New Jersey State Trooper.
“I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished in Egg Harbor City,” Jiampetti said. “From revitalizing the Egg Harbor City Lake, adding new schools, businesses, and housing, to enhancing recreation and strengthening our community, we’ve made Egg Harbor City a better place to live and raise a family. Now, I look forward to using the knowledge and skills I’ve learned as mayor and applying them to the County Clerk’s Office to serve the residents of Atlantic County.”
McGettigan has faced extensive criticism for his handling of the 2020 election.
In the District 4 freeholder race, McGettigan admitted to mailing 2the wrong ballots to 554 voters in a race for county commissioner that turned out to be decided by just 286 votes.
As a result, Superior Court Judge Joseph Marczyk tossed the entire election and mandated a do-over.
Republicans had called for McGettigan’s ouster and have asked him to personally foot the bill for the new election. Two Democratic legislators also told the longtime county official it was time to go.
Following the retirement of three-term County Clerk Michael Garvin in 2006, McGettigan secured the Democratic nomination and defeated Republican Sonya Harris by a slim 1,833-vote margin, 51%-49%.
He was re-elected by 1,525 votes, 51%-49%, against Republican Michelle Verno in 2011, and by a 57%-43% margin in 2016 against Republican Paul Rosenberg.