Female candidates have a big night across the state, Mundy gets the most votes, southeast Pa. Dems have a big election night, the Philly Board of Elections forgets a candidate’s name, and cash doesn’t mean what it used to. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Female Candidates. Female candidates swept all seven statewide races this year. The candidates were from both political parties, and some raised and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, while others barely raised and spent any money at all. Local female candidates also saw success in the election, including EmergePA which went eight for eight in local races.
Sallie Mundy. Supreme Court Justice Sallie Mundy was the top vote-getter of all the statewide candidates this year.
Philadelphia Board of Elections. On half of the Philadelphia precincts ballots the board did not print Commonwealth Court candidate Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon’s full name, instead listing her has Judge Christine Fizzano. While Fizzano Cannon did end up winning, the mistake will continue Republican talking points of the city being against Republican candidates.
Delco & Chester Dems. Delaware and Chester county Democrats saw historic election nights. Delaware county Dems won seats on the county council for the first time since the Home Rule Charter was passed, and Chester county Democrats not only elected its first Democratic row officer ever, it swept the row offices this year.
Allentown Voters. Allentown voters re-elected Mayor Ed Pawlowski to a fourth term in office, while he is facing a 54 count federal indictment for corruption.
Cash. Especially in the Commonwealth Court elections, cash was not the main determining factor for who would win the race. Republican Paul Lalley outraised Democratic Judge Ellen Ceisler by at least $200,000, a large amount for a judicial race, but was unable to turn that money into votes.
HB/SB 76ers. Supporters of the Senate and House bills that would remove the ability for local taxing authorities to collect property taxes were able to pass the constitutional amendment on the ballot that will allow for 100% of a home’s value to be exempted from property tax.
Kim Bracey. York Mayor Kim Bracey lost her re-election bid to Michael Helfrich, who was running as a Republican after losing to Bracey in the Primary. The loss comes after Bracey received endorsements from Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey.
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The tweet of the week goes to the Mavericks head Ray Zaborney for his off-year election dig at GOP Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango.
— Ray Zaborney (@raythemaverick) November 7, 2017