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Thelma Witherspoon. (Photo: Thelma Witherspoon).

Witherspoon elected to fill interim vacancy in Atlantic

By David Wildstein, January 11 2021 6:30 pm

Atlantic County Democrats held a special election convention this evening to elect Thelma Witherspoon to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Commissioners.

Witherspoon won the November general election by 286 votes, but a Superior Court judge invalidated the election after the Atlantic County Clerk, Democrat Ed McGettigan, failed to mail the correct ballot to 554 voters.

Judge Joseph Marczyk ordered a new election for April 20 between Witherspoon and Republican Andrew Parker.

“I look forward to joining the Board of Commissioners and serving the residents of¬†Hamilton and Egg Harbor Townships,” Witherspoon said. “I am hopeful that we will win on appeal, and I’d like to thank Chairman Suleiman and my legal team for fighting to preserve our hard-earned victory. Right now, I’m ready to get to work for our community.”

There are two precedents, both from South Jersey, that appear to allow the party who previously held a seat to retain it during a special election process.

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