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Primary Election Results Setup Battles for November
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
2023-05-17

            The fine election-day weather wasn't as good of an invitation to voters as it used to be.  According to official reports, election turnout was about 20.5 percent in Berks, 26 percent in Bucks, and 23.9 percent in Montgomery.

            Republican incumbent Joe Gale appears to have lost out to Tom DiBello and Liz Ferry for the nomination for Montgomery County Commissioner.  On the Democratic side, five candidates were vying for the nomination.  Incumbent Jamila Winder and Neil Makhija are leading Kimberly Koch, Tanya Barnford, and Noah Marlier to take on DiBello and Ferry for three positions in November's General Election.

            In Berks County, Christian Leinbach and Michael Rivera were on top for the Republican nomination for county commissioner.  On the Democratic side will be Dante Santoni and Jess Royer.  The four candidates will compete for three open positions in November.

            For Bucks County Commissioner, Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Robert Harvie were running unopposed on the Democratic ticket.  Republicans Pamela Van Blunk and Gene DiGirolamo topped a three-way race on the Republican ballot with Andrew Warren.

            In the Upper Perkiomen School Board race, 10 candidates cross-filed for five positions.  All five candidates running under the "Team UP for Education" took the top slots on the Democratic ballot.  They are incumbent Peg Pennypacker, and Christina Brathwaite, Leah Cianfrani, Jacque Porterfield, and Karie Ulrich.  The five candidates running under the "UP to the Challenge" banner took the top slots on the Republican ballot.  They are Sara Bieber, Liz Fluckey, John Gehman, Mike Long, and Trina Schaarschmidt. 

            In the race for Boyertown Area School District Director, in Region 1, candidate Krista Elyse Arndt will appear on the Democratic ticket and incumbent Christin Neiman will be on the Republican ballot for a four-year term. In Region 2 four candidates cross-filed for a four-year term.  Lisa Hogan and Joseph Piccione will be on the Democratic ballot while Roger Updegrove and James Brophy will run on the Republican ballot.  Region 3 has Brad Updegrove and Matt Hook leading for the Democratic nomination and Wendy Kratz and Jessica Skelton getting the nod on the Republican side for the two open seats.

            For Quakertown Area School District Director, David O'Donnell was running unopposed for the four-year term. For two positions for a four-year term in Region 2, incumbent Chris Spear, who cross-filed, will appear on both ballots in November along with Amanda Hahn on the Democratic side and Jonathan Kern on the Republican.  In Region 3, Joseph Carl Lyons, who also cross-filed, will appear on both tickets along with Brian Reimers on the Democratic ticket and Mike Post on the Democratic ballot.

            Local races for Magisterial District Judge in our immediate area may have been decided with this year's primary election. 

            The race for Magisterial District Judge for 23-3-02, which includes Colebrookdale, Douglass, Earl, Hereford and Washington Townships, and Bally, Bechtelsville and Boyertown boroughs has Rick Drumheller leading on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

            For Magisterial District Judge in District 38-2-02, incumbent judge Maureen Coggins is leading on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.  District 38-2-02 includes East Greenville, Green Lane, Pennsburg Borough, and Red Hill Boroughs, and Marlborough, Salford Township, Upper Hanover Township, and Upper Salford Townships.

            In Bucks County, incumbent District Judge Lisa Gaier was running unopposed on the Democrat and Republican ballots for District 07-2-05.  The district includes Perkasie, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Sellersville, Telford, and Trumbauersville boroughs as well as East Rockhill, Milford, Richland, and West Rockhill.

            In a contested race for the Republican nomination for Milford Township Supervisor, Christian Haberle topped Richard Shilling.  There were no Democratic candidates.

            The New Hanover race for township supervisor has incumbents William Ross Snook and Marie Livelsberger topping Phillip Agliano for the Republican nomination for two open spots.  There were no Democratic candidates on the ballot.

            In two close races for a township supervisor in Upper Frederick Township Chap Fichera is leading Lisa Fischer (234-212) for a six-year term and Thomas Trojansky is leading William Landman (227-221).  All four candidates are on the Republican ballot.  There were no Democrats on the ballots.

            Results for mail-in, provisional, and other ballots are still being tabulated. The results not final until certified by county officials.


 

 

 

 

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