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Martin, Loughery, Marseglia Stay as Bucks Commissioners

By Brittany Foster, Contributing Writer

DOYLESTOWN, PA — All three incumbents will keep their seats on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners: Charley Martin (R), Rob Loughery (R) and Diane Marseglia (D) will be in office for another four years. A top Democratic recruit against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick suffered a big loss.

Democrat Det Ansinn trailed Marseglia by four percent with 98 percent of the precincts reporting. Martin, Loughery and Marseglia each took 28, 26, and 25 percent of the vote respectively. To look back on our hourly updates of election day, click here.Speaking on behalf of the campaign, Loughery said they are “feeling wonderful.”

“We, Charlie [Martin] and I, ran a strong campaign with our whole team from our volunteers to our workers. Voters responded to our message, our team and our record,” he said.

While supervisor posts were not the GOP’s strongest wins in the county, they did have one big victory: Republicans Shawn Touhill and Ryan Manion beat out Doylestown Township supervisor Cynthia Philo, whose name has been floated as a possible challenger to Rep. Fitzpatrick in next year’s congressional election. Philo came in almost 10 percentage points under Manion.

Re-elected Commissioner Marseglia thanked voters for their support but said she was “disappointed that the campaign did not turn out the way we would have hope,” alluding to the loss of fellow Democrat Ansinn.

“I am proud of the campaign we ran, and I am grateful for the experiences I had while on the campaign trail, talking with voters about the issues most important to Bucks County,” Marseglia said. “I will continue to serve Bucks County residents as County Commissioner, working to improve Bucks County’s economy and restore integrity to our county government.”

After conceding the election, Det Ansinn thanked his volunteers saying, “We ran a great campaign, and while unfortunately we did not get the results we wanted, we always kept out campaign issue-based, and never resorted to personal attacks. Diane will continue her role as a watchdog on the Board of Commissioners, working to expose corruption, addressing the issue of deficit spending, and making sure Bucks County residents are aware of what their county government is doing.”

Tuesday night the crowd at the Bucks County GOP Headquarters was upbeat, though lamenting the loss of a few smaller county supervisor office, but overall happy with their school board and their commissioner results.

On the whole, voter turnout was low — but high enough on the Republican side to carry both of their incumbent commissioners and perhaps put a dent in Democratic hopes for the 8th district.

Sari Heidenreich contributed to this report.

One Response

  1. “…never resorted to personal attacks?” After receiving the second vile attack piece on Loughery from Ansinn and Marseglia it was enough to convince me to NOT vote for Ansinn and Marseglia.

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