Dr. Thelma Witherspoon Makes History With Hamilton Township Post


Atlantic County Freeholder candidate Thelma Witherspoon. Photo courtesy of Thelma Witherspoon.

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — As local governments held swearing-in ceremonies and re-organized around the state last week, Dr. Thelma Witherspoon made history as the first African American woman elected to sit on the Hamilton Township Committee board.

The Democrat was sworn in this month as long election odyssey after being elected as an Atlantic County commission but having that election done over because of a balloting error in the county clerk’s office.

In the end, Republican Andrew Parker III won the seat in a special election a year later in November 2021.

Witherspoon, a former Atlantic City school board member and retiree from the Atlantic City Police Department, also was chosen vice chair of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee last year.

The party said Witherspoon was unanimously chose to fill the spot formerly held by Audrey Miles, who resigned to become deputy superintendent of elections in Atlantic County. Witherspoon hosts her own radio show on WEHA-FM and is also the senior at Westminister Christian Center in Atlantic City.

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