The race for the Pennsylvania House 107th District seat has returned to normalcy.
Republican Ronald Tanney, who lost in the primary to Joanne Stehr but earned enough write-in votes to become the Democratic candidate, has officially withdrawn from the race.
Tanney had delayed responding to the Northumberland County Board of Elections about his intention to either accept or decline the nomination, leading to speculation that the Mount Carmel resident was considering another run at Stehr on November 8.
Northumberland County Board of Elections Chief Registrar Lindsay Phillips confirmed that Tanney successfully petitioned the courts to have his name removed from the ballot, which enabled the Democratic parties of Northumberland and Schuylkill counties to supplement Ryan Mock (pictured above) as their candidate.
“They had a deadline to submit a candidate to the state by September 28,” said Phillips. “Both Northumberland County and Schuylkill County chose Ryan Mock as that candidate. Additionally, there was an objection period, which had to be into the state by September 29.”
“I look to continue meeting the constituents of the 107th District as I have been since late July,” said Mock in a statement. “Even though my name is now officially on the ballot, it does not change my strategy. I am committed to hearing the concerns and needs of the 107th District, and I hope to be a strong voice who will stick up for us in Harrisburg.”
Mock, a local insurance agent and part-time social studies teacher for an online school, was endorsed by both the Schuylkill County and Northumberland County Democratic Committees.
“We are fully in support of Ryan Mock’s candidacy as we were before,” said Dr. Leocadia Paliulis, the chair of the Northumberland County Democratic Party. “We are so excited that he’s on the ballot and excited to help him with his campaign. We have an amazing Democrat on the ballot with Mr. Mock.”
Both Stehr and Mock are vying to replace retiring Pennsylvania House Rep. Kurt Masser.