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Balles Makes It Official

Stage is Set for LD2 Showdown Between A.C. Sheriff and Incumbent Senator

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank Balles

We told you on Monday that Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles would announce a challenge to state Senator Jim Whelan (D) any day now, Save Jerseyans.

This morning Balles finally set a date, announcing that he would make a “major announcement regarding is future as an elected official” next Monday, February 11th.

The announcement is set to take place at 3:30 p.m. at Gary’s Restaurant in heavily Democratic Pleasantville where Balles formally served as a police captain. Incumbent GOP Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown will be by his side.

LD2 has been an elusive prize for Republicans in recent cycles ever since Jim Whelan took the traditionally GOP seat in 2007. The Atlantic County GOP is hopeful that Governor Chris Christie’s coattails and Balles’s proven track record campaigning and beating incumbents countywide (notably 5-term Democrat Sheriff Jim McGettigan by a 10-point margin in 2008) will make the difference this fall. Either way, race-watchers expect the LD2 contest to be among this cycle’s most competitive.

2 comments on “Balles Makes It Official

  1. Gerianne Bruce via F says:

    Then DO IT!

  2. [...] Not too shabby for 3:30 on a work day: Atlantic Sheriff Frank X. Balles joined over 200 supporters on Monday afternoon crammed into a wall-to-wall packed Gary’s Restaurant in Pleasantville, New Jersey to formally kick off his 2013 state senate campaign. [...]

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