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Write-in votes favor three incumbent legislators

Published June 02. 2014 08:28PM

A computing board completed its official count of votes cast in the recent primary election in Schuylkill County and recorded write-in votes cast, which brought out some interesting thoughts of voters.

Election Director Frannie Brennan reported around 4,000 write-in votes were recorded. Write-in votes gave the county's three state legislators the nominations of both parties.

In the contest for the 17th Congressional seat, which represents all of Schuylkill County, Dr. David J. Moylan, the county coroner, beat two other candidates who were listed on the Republican ballot for the Republican nomination.

Moylan officially received 6,235 votes; Matt Connolly, 1,163; and Matthew Dietz, 819. Incumbent Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, received 17 write-in votes, and 13 individuals received single votes.

Cartwright was the only listed candidate on the Democratic ballot and polled 6,935 votes, but there were 468 write-in votes cast against him, including 157 votes for Moylan; 108 for Tim Holden; 32 for Jerry Knowles; 24 for Mike Tobash; eight for Matt Connolly; three for Michael P. Vigoda III; two each for Charles Dries, George Tiller, and Matthew Dietz; and 68 individuals each received one vote. The Democrat voters are still unhappy about Cartwright beating their favorite son, Holden, two years ago in the primaries, which ended his 18 years as congressman.

A number of Democrat voters expressed they wanted a representative from their own county. The voter registration in the county is over 80,000, which presents a strong voting block in electing a congressman. Cartwright has a very strong support in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton area, which were added to the redistricted 17th Congressional District and helped elect him to Congress.

Governor in trouble

Gov. Tom Corbett was unopposed on the Republican ballot and garnered 5,386 votes in Schuylkill County, but there were 945 write-in votes cast against him, including 544 write-in votes for Tom Wolf, who won the Democrat nomination; 96 for Robert McCord and 26 for Katie McGinty, two losing Democratic governor candidates; and 23 for Bob Guzzardi. The late Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, received five votes; Dave Argall, three votes; Jerry Knowles, two votes; and 219 individuals each received one vote.

Corbett received fewer votes than Jim Cawley, who won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Cawley polled 6,389 votes. There were 41 write-in votes against him with Mike Stack getting 12 votes.

Strong showing

The three representatives to the state's legislative house made strong showings by capturing the nominations of the Republican and Democratic parties with the help of the write-in votes, and in the November general election will receive all straight party votes from both sides.

Jerry Knowles ran on the Republican ballot seeking nomination for re-election from the 124th Schuylkill District. He officially received 2,402 Republican votes and 217 write-in votes to also win the Democratic nomination. There were 64 write-in votes cast against him on the Republican ballot.

Jamie Barton received 14 Democratic write-in votes; Larry Padora, seven; John Schickram, three; Dave Frederick and Gary Anderson, two each; and 26 individuals each received one vote. There was no candidate on the Democratic ballot, and Knowles received 217 write-in votes; David Argall, Dante Picciano, Larry Padora, Sabrina McLaughlin, Sally Updike and Tim Holden, two each; and 40 individuals each received one vote,

Neal P. Goodman ran on the Democratic ballot for the nomination to represent the 123rd Schuylkill District and officially received 4,273 votes and won the Republican nomination write-in votes. There were 34 write-in in votes against him on the Democratic ballot, Champ Holman received two votes and 34 individuals each received one vote.

On the Republican ballot Goodman won with 31 votes, and there were 153 write-in votes. Brad Gotshall received seven votes; Harold Hernon, Mark Kessler, Matt Cartwright, Matthew Heckman, Mike Tobash, Wade Richards, Annie Morrisey, David Argall, Ettore Dicasimirro, Frances Brennan, Fred Yeastedt, Howard Blankenhorn, Jim Connely, Lola Smith, Paul Luke Domalakes and Phip McClintock, each two votes; and 98 individuals each received one vote.

Mike Tobash ran on the Republican ballot for the nomination to represent the 125th Schuylkill District and officially received 2,745 votes and won the Democratic nomination with 85 write-in votes. There were 22 individuals who each received one write-in vote on the Republican ballot.

On the Democratic ballot, Tobash won with 85 write-in votes; Tim Seip, former representative of the district, received 13 votes; David Moylan, five votes; Gary Keller and Tim Holden, each four votes; Gerald Lengel, three votes; Carol Ansbach, Diane Tobin, Josephine Kwiatkowski and Leroy Boyer, each two votes; and 67 individuals with one vote each.

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