McGettigan will not search re-election as Atlantic County Clerk

Atlantic County Clerk Edward P. McGettigan is not going to search re-election to a fourth time period this yr, carry to shut a 28-year profession in politics, the New Jersey Globe has realized.

He’s anticipated to make his announcement throughout the subsequent few days, a number of sources have confirmed, clearing the way in which for Democrats to choose a brand new candidate for the upcoming election.

Egg Harbor Metropolis Mayor Lisa Jiampetti is taken into account a powerful contender to exchange McGettigan.

Two candidates have already introduced: Calvin Ferrara, the deputy political director for Amy Kennedy’s 2020 congressional marketing campaign; and Mico Lucide, the previous chairman of Atlantic County Revolution, a political membership.

The Atlantic County Democratic Candidate Recruitment Committee has not but made a proper suggestion prematurely of subsequent month’s conference.

McGettigan has confronted intensive criticism for his dealing with of the 2020 election.

Within the District four freeholder race, McGettigan admitted to mailing 2the mistaken ballots to 554 voters in a race for county commissioner that turned out to be determined simply 286 votes.

Because of this, Superior Courtroom Decide Joseph Marczyk tossed all the election and mandated a do-over.

Republicans had known as for McGettigan’s ouster and have requested him to personally foot the invoice for the brand new election.  Two Democratic legislators additionally advised the longtime county official it was time to go.

Hammonton Councilman Joe Giralo entered the race for the Republican nomination for county clerk final November.

If Jiampetti wins, she can be the primary girl to function county clerk since Lori Mooney retired in 1997.

The 64-year-old McGettigan was an Atlantic Metropolis tavern proprietor when he gained a metropolis council at-large seat in 1993.  He served as council president earlier than narrowly dropping a race for Atlantic County Surrogate in 2005.

That very same yr, his brother, Jim McGettigan, was re-elected to his fifth time period as Atlantic County Sheriff.  He misplaced his seat to Republican Frank X. Balles in 2008, one yr after successful simply 34% in his problem to Atlantic County Government Dennis Levinson.

Following the retirement of three-term County Clerk Michael Garvin in 2006, McGettigan secured the Democratic nomination and defeated Republican Sonya Harris a slim 1,833-vote margin, 51%-49%.

He was re-elected 1,525 votes, 51%-49%, towards Republican Michelle Verno in 2011, and a 57%-43% margin in 2016 towards Republican Paul Rosenberg.

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