Camden County voters will notice a change on the November election ballot after a switch among candidates for the Camden County Circuit Clerk's race.

Camden County voters will notice a change on the November election ballot after a switch among candidates for the Camden County Circuit Clerk’s race.

In an unusual twist, a candidate who lost the August primary as a Republican is making a comeback as a Democrat. 

Republican Jo McElwee, the incumbent, will still be on the ballot but her opponent has changed. Melissa Mackay, who ran against McElwee in the August primary election is now running as a Democrat. Mackay will be on the November general election ballot replacing JoAnne Bodziony, who withdrew after moving from Camden County. 

Bodziony had announced her intention to withdraw from the race prior to the August primary but it was too late to remove her name from the ballot.

When Bodziony dropped out of the race, it opened up the opportunity for the Democratic Central Committee to nominate another candidate.

McElwee and Mackay ran a tight race. The final tally for the August primary gave McElwee the victory with 53 percent of the vote compared to Mackay’s 47 percent. A total of 8,118 ballots were cast with 4,336 for McElwee and 3,782 for Mackay. 

McElwee has held the circuit clerk’s position since 2002. The August primary was Mackay’s first run for public office. Mackay is a certified paralegal and holds a real estate broker’s license.

McElwee and Mackay ran a tight race. The final tally for the August primary gave McElwee the victory with 53 percent of the vote compared to Mackay’s 47 percent. A total of 8,118 ballots were cast with 4,336 for McElwee and 3,782 for Mackay.

McElwee has held the circuit clerk’s position since 2002. The August primary was Mackay’s first run for public office. Mackay is a certified paralegal and holds a real estate broker’s license.