Platts, Flannelly Head For November Rematch in York Judicial Race

With the primary election on the books in the York County Court of Common Pleas race, Judge Michael Flannelly and former Congressman Todd Platts are headed for a November rematch.

Platts and Flannelly won the Republican and Democratic nods, respectively, for the judgeship in one of the hottest 2013 races of South-Central Pa.

In the GOP primary, Platts garnered 56% of the vote to Flannelly’s 44%. On the  Flannelly-Platts-300x226Democratic side, the results were the opposite, with 56% of the ballots being cast for Flannelly and 44% for Platts. Twice as many Republicans cast ballots as Democrats.

The result, and York County’s deep red leaning, means Platts is the favorite in the general. Additionally, many of Flannelly’s most vocal supporters are conservative dye-in-wool Republicans. Now they must convince straight party voters to split their tickets.

But it’s not a done deal; the results were close. For total votes cast in both parties, Platts lead 20,751 to Flannelly’s 19,082 – 52% to 48%.

Flannelly became Judge last summer after being appointed to fill a vacancy created by the death of Judge Chuck Patterson.

His challenger, Platts, entered the race after retiring from Congress earlier this year after 12 years in Washington. Before that, he served in the Pa. House of Representatives.

The race is interesting in that a former Congressman has decided to run for local office and faces a serious challenger in doing so, a rather uncommon occurrence in contemporary politics.

The two will face off for the Judgeship in the November general election. The winner will serve a 10-year term.

4 Responses

  1. Today Lizarah Matthews had court she stated court was for 3:45 but judge linda on east princess st said it was for 3:15pm. Lizarah had everything done by the machanic with receipt and the car was there. She didn’t ask or no body looked at nothing just gave her 250.00 fine. Saftey is what I thought was the reaso
    n she got pulled over. She lives in Md. Makes 7.50hr and cant pay he
    r bills and take care of her daugjter. Profession admin assist for Doctor. I need for someone to call concern this matter. Lost a days work and is trying to relocate back to York Wellspan is her new emplo

  2. Twice before Platts reached his level of incompetence. He’s now trying for a third. State Legislators and U. S. Congressmen aren’t really expected to know anything (and he’s met those expectations), but I think you really have to have experience in the Law to be a good judge.

  3. I don’t think that’s what ended up happening in “Welcome to Mooseport.”

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