District Attorney James P. Goodman bested a field of four attorneys to win the Republican and Democratic nomination in Tuesday's Primary Election for the vacant seat in the Court of Common Pleas in Schuylkill County.
Goodman carried the Republican nomination with 4,941 votes. Runnerups were, James G. Conville, 3,237; Lloyd R. Hampton, 2,232; Gary D. Marchalk, 1,909, and Cal Shields, 1,514.
On the Democratic ballot Goodman polled 6,088. Runnerups were, Conville, 3,617; Shields, 1,372; and Marchalk, 906.
By getting both nominations Goodman is assured of the seat in the fall, as he will receive all votes cast by both parties for the judgeship. The seat was made vacant by the retirement of Judge D. Michael Stine, last January. Stine now is a senior judge.
Attorney Christina E. Hale won both nominations over seven candidates for the vacant seat for district justice for magisterial district in the Frackville-Ashland area.
She captured the Republican nomination with 887 votes. The other vote totals were Karen Noon, 361; Anthony Tony Urban, 347; Karen L. Domalakes, 336; Mary Lou R. Hannon, 274; Philip Beaver, 249; Vincent Roman, 181; and John M. Hampton, 171.
Hale received 568 votes to capture the Democratic nomination. Runnerups were Noon, who had the Democratic Party endorsement, 518; Urban, 283; Hannon, 265; Roman, 231; Domalakes, 199; and Hampton, 90.
Hale will be the only candidate listed for district justice for the Frackville-Ashland magisterial district justice post in the November election. The seat has been vacant since the retirement of District Judge Bernadette Nahas.
Three incumbent district justices who filed on both tickets and had no opposition carried both nominations.
Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua District, won the Republican nomination with 1,757 votes and the Democratic nomination with 979 votes.
James R. Ferrier, Orwigsburg District, won the Repubican nomination with 3,544 votes and the Democratic nomination with 1,511 votes.
James Reiley, Pottsville District, won the Republican nomination with 949 votes and the Democratic nomination with 1,327 votes.
High court races
The county vote totals for state court race were:
Vic Stabile received 7,109 votes to Paula A. Patrick's 4,558 votes in the contest for the Republican nomination to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. David N. Wecht, unopposed on the Democratic ballot, received 8,654 votes in the state-wide race.
Anne Covey received 8,847 votes in her bid to win the Republican nomination for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and Paul P. Panepinto received 2,780 votes. Kathryn Boockvar received 6,238 votes in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for a seat on the Commonwealth Court and Barbara Ernsberger received 2,748 votes.