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Wed May 22, 2019, 09:10 AM

Primary results, change still on voters' minds

Democrats turned out statewide over Republicans by nearly 200,000 votes. And, that was with all of the special elections in very GOP-friendly districts. Dems nominated an AfAm woman, Amanda Green-Hawkins, for Superior Court. She got around 38% of the vote, outdistancing her two other Dem candidates by at least 6 points. Dan McCaffery, son of former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, squeeked by Beth Tarasi 32% to 30%. A huge margin in Philadelphia, where his dad is well-known and he is a trial court judge, secured 2nd place for him.

In Beaver County, I was very surprised to see Dem primary voters nominate Dee Dixon, an AfAm woman, for Recorder of Deeds. It was even more shocking to see a 29 yr old AfAm county commissioner candidate Julian Taylor, who barely campaigned, come within 300 votes of knocking off former county commissioner and Republican Dennis Nichols for the 2nd spot on the Nov ballot. Beaver County Dems also soundly squashed a comeback bid from former sheriff George David. IMO, if these things are happening in Beaver County, it is a good omen for this Nov and beyond.

Please post results from your PA county or results that surprised you.

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Reply Primary results, change still on voters' minds (Original post)
DeminPennswoods May 22 OP
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FakeNoose May 22 #2
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Response to DeminPennswoods (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:57 AM

1. Chester County Dems voted for an African American woman as Sherriff.

The other three candidates were white men, in a predominantly white County.

FREDDA MADDOX

https://maddoxforsheriff.com/

Fredda Maddox is one of the first women to serve as a Pennsylvania State Trooper in Chester County. A Narcotics Agent for the Bureau of Narcotics in the PA Office of the Attorney General, she served in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations as a Special Agent. Fredda received law enforcement training from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. A law enforcement veteran and practicing attorney of 20-plus years, she holds a law degree from Widener University School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. With her passion for community service, law and order, Fredda will restore trust between law enforcement and culturally diverse groups, while returning oversight and accountability to the Sheriff’s Office.

Our current Sherriff is a gun-loving Trump-loving Republican woman named Bunny Welch, who is not running for another term.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:07 AM

2. In Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Dems did well

For City Council the long-serving incumbent Darlene Harris was defeated by the Democratic challenger Bobby Wilson, who received the support of Mayor Bill Peduto. Other incumbents won re-election nods for City Council.

On the Allegheny County Council, the 78-year-old president John DeFazio (incumbent since 2000) was defeated by his young challenger Bethany Hallam, 29. The incumbent Councilwoman Denise Ranalli Russell, 52, was denied another four-year term by fellow Democrat Oliva “Liv” Bennett, 40. Other incumbents from both parties won re-election nods.

For Common Pleas Court candidate Mary McGinley, the second time is the charm. Ms. McGinley, who narrowly lost in the 2017 general election, was victorious in Tuesday's primary on both the Republican and Democratic tickets, meaning that she will be the only candidate listed on the ballot for November’s general election. She received more than 75 percent of the vote among four Democratic candidates and had no opposition for the Republican nomination.

Longtime Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. faced Democratic challenger Turahn Jenkins and defeated him in the primary election. Several city office holders (all Democrats) faced no primary challengers.

(quotes taken from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, various articles in 5/22/19 edition)



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:50 PM

3. I believe Mary McGinley is a Rooney

Either her mother is the late Dan Rooney's sister or her grandmother is Art (The Chief) Rooney's sister.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #3)

Wed May 22, 2019, 05:12 PM

4. Next fall she'll be a judge :-)

Yes you're right, but I can't say for sure how she's related. She'll run unopposed in the general election.

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