GOP voters to select candidates for governor, Senate

May 13–There aren’t many contested races Tuesday, but Democratic voters can put write-in candidates on the November ballot in two Beaver County legislative contests while Republicans will settle primary fights for U.S. Senate, governor and, in northwest Allegheny County, the 44th Legislative District.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There are two changes to polling places, said Beaver County elections bureau director Dorene Mandity. Voters in Rochester’s Wards 2 and 3 will vote at the fire station at 414 Lacock St. instead of the Salvation Army, and East Rochester voters will vote at the Rochester VFW, 179 Virginia Ave. instead of the fire station.

The side entrance to the Beaver County Courthouse will be open if anyone needs to visit the elections office after 4:30 p.m. The office’s number is 724-770-4440.

Even though there is no Democratic primary race in the 17th Congressional District, the names of former candidates Ray Linsenmayer and Beth Tarasi will appear on the ballot because they dropped out too late for their names to be removed from the county’s ballot.

Mandity said there will be sheets posted in voting booths informing voters that Linsenmayer and Tarasi withdrew and votes for them will not be counted, although write-in votes will.

Pennsylvania Republicans will decide a primary race for governor that has gotten nasty between state Sen. Scott Wagner of York County and Pine Township’sPaul Mango, a former consulting firm executive, with Ohio Township litigation attorney Laura Ellsworth trying to remain above the fray.

The winner will take on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall.

Democrats and Republicans will settle contested primaries for lieutenant governor. There are five Democrats running and four Republicans.

State Rep. Jim Christiana, R-15, Brighton Township, is leaving the House after serving five two-year terms and is seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. His only opponent is U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, the former mayor of Hazleton who has the backing of President Donald Trump and the state party.

Whoever wins that race will challenge U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, in November.

Democrats in the 10th Legislative District, which covers parts of Beaver, Lawrence and Butler counties, can put Beaver Falls resident Joe McGurk on the general election ballot against Republican state Rep. Aaron Bernstine of New Beaver.

McGurk withdrew his nominating petition to have his name on the primary ballot following a challenge, but decided to run a write-in campaign.

Another Democrat waging a write-in bid is Brighton Township attorney Terri Mitko in the 15th Legislative District, which covers parts of Beaver and Washington counties. She launched her campaign after Beaver Councilman Alex Andres withdrew his nominating petition when it was challenged and then decided to not run at all.

If Mitko is successful, she will oppose Republican Beaver attorney Josh Kail in the fall.

Mitko and McGurk will need 300 write-in votes to win spots on the November ballot. Because write-in votes need to be counted and verified, it could be a week or more before final results are known.

Republican voters in Moon, Crescent, Findlay and North Fayette townships, as well as Sewickley and surrounding areas, have four candidates to choose from in the 44th Legislative District race to replace retiring Republican state Rep. Mark Mustio. There is just one Democrat running for that seat.

In Beaver County, town and state committee seats are also on the Democratic ballot and a state committee seat on the Republican ballot.

This article provided by NewsEdge.

This article provided by NewsEdge.