Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Montgomery County has published their unofficial candidate list for open seats in the county itself, municipalities and school districts.
There's a primary election coming on May 21, and in our area there are quite a few people running for election and re-election. Nominating petitions were filed on March 12, and candidates had until March 27 to withdraw if they decided not to run. Over the next several weeks, Patch will be reaching out to these candidates with a questionnaire so we can do profiles on them. Spring-Ford Area School District In the Spring-Ford Area School District, there is one four-year seat and one two year seat in Region 1 (Upper Providence Township), one four-year seat in Region 2 (Limerick Township), and two four-year seats in Region 3 (Royersford and Spring City Boroughs). Region 1, for four-year seat: Region 1, for two-year seat: Region 2, for four-…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The former 7th district Congressman would not rule out a challenge to Republican incumbent Tom Corbett. He would join a crowded field.
Tuesday, February 19
Former Congressman Joe Sestak has not closed the door on a run for the Pa. governor's office in 2014. Sestak, who did not seek re-election to his 7th District seat in 2010, told the Delaware County Times on Tuesday that he wants to run for public office again, but would not be more specific. If Sestak does throw his hat in the ring for next year's Democratic primary, he could be joining a crowded field. 13th District Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who has not publicly declared her candidacy but is said to be leaning towards a run, is widely regarded as the leading Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Governor Tom Corbett, who has been plagued by weak polls and job approval ratings. State Treasurer Rob McCord is atop the pile of …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Two politicians from the county may face-off in a race for the state's seat.
Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet, but with phrases like "80 percent sure" and "pragmatism and practicality" being floated around, it is possible that Montgomery County may be home to a hot race in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor's race. Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor has not put a percentage on his desire to enter the race, but has said he is keeping a close eye on the current governor, Tom Corbett's actions in the second half of his term. "I'm not going to run just to make a splash. I want Pennsylvania to go down the right path," Castor said in an interview with Pennsylvania Cable Network, covered by Patch in January. "I want Pennsylvania to be a conservative state, but with pragmatism and practicality. I don't see …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Castor said he began considering a run for governor after the fall elections. He says his campaign against Corbett would not be a 'grudge match.'
Wednesday, January 23
Bruce Castor, the minority Republican member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, started "sticking his toe" in the waters of the 2014 race for Pennsylvania governor after the fall elections. "Now," Castor said in a video interview with Pennsylvania Cable Network, "it's more up to the ankles." Castor said he saw the defeat of a slate of candidates who he said were largely selected by Corbett as a referendum on the Governor's platform. "The Governor has expended his political capital, but not on the things that we care about or the things that he campaigned on," Castor said, citing pension reform, property tax reform, and right-to-work legislation as examples. Castor said the national economic recovery has proceeded "three times…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Previously ran against Corbett in 2004 Pa. Attorney General primary
Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor could challenge Pa. Governor Tom Corbett in 2014, PoliticsPA reports. The 51-year-old former district attorney and Lower Salford resident is the minority Republican on the county's 3-person executive and legislative board, alongside Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards. Castor told the political news website that he believes Corbett is "vulnerable" to a reelection challenge. Corbett and Castor have a storied history, including a 2004 Republican primary race for Attorney General. The Republican State Committee endorsed Corbett for the post and Castor ran a grassroots campaign throughout the state, losing the nomination by five points. Castor has served on the Board of Commissioners since …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The 146th District representative said the absentee ballots are still being counted.
Rep. Thomas Quigley (R-146) told Patch today that there are still quite a few absentee votes to be counted before the outcome of his race against Mark Painter is determined. "Its my understanding that they're still counting," Quigley said. Unofficial results indicated Painter had pulled off an upset victory over Quigley in Tuesday's election by just over 200 votes. However, due to the delayed deadline to turn in absentee ballots, some votes were not turned in to the county until Monday, November 5. "We'll know for sure [who won] probably next week," Quigley said.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Your Guide to 2012 General Election aftermath.
The 2012 General Election is over and the dust has cleared; now, what about those yard signs? And who do you call if you didn't like what you saw at the polls from your political party? ELECTION SIGN RECYCLING Montgomery County launched its campaign sign recycling program yesterday, and is accepting all leftover campaign signs at various locations throughout the county, including Collegeville Borough Hall, though Nov. 21. Last year, Montgomery County collected nearly 8 tons of metal and plastic signs in its campaign sign recycling program, which is run in conjunction with ReCommunity Recycling, Sullivan's Scrap Metals, Cougle's Recycling and the Montgomery County Republican and Democrat Committees. All campaign signs can be dropped off …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Rep. Thomas Quigley isn't conceding his contest against Mark Painter just yet.
While unofficial results from Montgomery County are showing that Mark Painter upset incumbent Rep. Thomas Quigley in yesterday's election, The Pottstown Mercury reports that Quigley isn't ready to give up. According to the Mercury, there are possibly a thousand absentee votes left to be counted. Quigley said that the deadline extension caused by last week's hurricane resulted in many absentee votes being held by the county. Those votes will be counted beginning on Friday. Mark Painter's campaign manager was "cautious but confident," according to the article. "We feel pretty good. If you look at the absentee ballots that have been counted already, it’s pretty even," North told the Mercury. "If you look at the ballots that were counted, …
Rob McCord, a former Bryn Mawr venture capitalist, beat Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan.
Bryn Mawr's Rob McCord will serve a second four-year term as Pennsylvania State Treasurer, having handily defeated challenger Diana Irey Vaughan. McCord beat Vaughan by over 400,000 votes, roughly 8 points. McCord touted his fiscally conservative record, serving under both former Governor Ed Rendell and current Governor Tom Corbett. Vaughan served as Washington County commissioner since 1995.
Democrat Kathleen Kane beat Republican David Freed with the widest margin on the statewide ballot.
Scranton Native Kathleen Kane will serve as Pennsylvania's first elected female Attorney General, after former Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. Kane received just over 3 million votes to Freed's 2.2 - she won by just under 15 points. "Tonight is a historic night," Kane said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We have expanded the boundaries for women in Pennsylvania. Kane, who beat out Southeast Pennsylvania Democrat Patrick Murphy for the Democratic Party nomincation, gained a lot of name recognition in the Primary Election. As the General Election neared, Kane attacked Freed on his connections to former Attorney Generals, Gov. Tom Corbett and Leroy Zimmerman, while Freed went after Kane's experience. Corbett, who…