Two Atlantic County mayors step forward in pursuit of running on Whelan ticket

Northfield Mayor Vince Mazzeo (pictured) and Longport Mayor Nick Russo on Monday plan to formally announce their intent to seek Assembly seats in the 2nd District.

The pair are Democratic mayors of Republican towns and want to run on the ticket with incumbent state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2).

Mazzeo and Russo plan to make their announcement in Egg Harbor Township at 5 p.m.

Earlier the same day, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles intends to kick off his Republican campaign against Whelan. Balles will run with incumbent Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown. 

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