Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small will defeat Republican challenger Tom Forkin to win the remaining year of former Mayor Frank Gilliam, the New Jersey Globe projects.
The city’s council last year appointed Small, then a councilman, to fill the seat until the end of the 2020. Gilliam resigned last October after pleading guilty to wire fraud for stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball program he ran.
Forkin’s chances at winning were always slim — the city is Atlantic County’s Democratic center — but Small faced a tougher race in the primary.
Then, he was challenged by Pamela Thomas-Fields, a community leader and longtime city employee who had the backing of power broker Craig Callaway.
He’ll have to run again next year for a full term.