The Atlantic County District 3 Freeholder election of November 2020 actually predates the name change to County Commissioner.

It has resulted in a protracted situation, leaving this District without its elected representation since January 1, 2021.

I have maintained from the beginning that the only fair resolution is to hold a new special election between Andrew Parker, the Republican, and Thelma Weatherspoon, the Democrat.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph Marczyk voided the results of the November 2020 election after Atlantic County Clerk Ed McGettigan mailed incorrect ballots to 554 voters in a race where Witherspoon defeated Republican Andrew Parker by 286 votes in November.

The current delay from holding a new, special election is a result of a legal appeal challenge filed by Thelma Witherspoon.

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A New Jersey Appeals Court has upheld Judge Marczyk’s decision, earlier today.

The only moves remaining for Witherspoon at this point are: Accept the decision, or, appeal the appellate court decision to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

That would be a very unwise move. The right decision is to accept the results of two different courts and run in a free, fair, and unfettered rematch election.

This new election should be ordered as soon as possible.

We have spoken with Parker who said:

“This is a total vindication of what we have been saying all along,“ said Parker. “My election for county commissioner was entirely unfair because of yet another mistake by county clerk Ed McGettigan, incompetently printing ballots and omitting candidate names.“

“I look forward to having a fair election and hope the voters will respond to my message of keeping Atlantic County the best run in the state,” said Parker.

A date for a new, special election is still be determined.

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