The Statewide Direct Primary Election is Tuesday, June 5, 2018

OR voters will choose candidates Tuesday to compete in the state’s general election, a primary contest that sees Democrats striving to consolidate power and Republicans hoping to make gains.

Republicans will also tap who they want to see as the judge of the 264th District Court. Scott Wagner, Paul Mango, and Laura Ellsworth are all competing for the Republican nomination.

At the Spokane County level, incumbent Republican Mary Kuney is getting a primary challenge for her county commission seat from Treasurer Rob Chase. This district has been competitive at the House and presidential level in the past decade – having voted for Obama in 2008, and voting for Trump by just 2 points in 2016.

However, three Republicans are seeking nomination for that seat.

In a special election for an at-large seat on Coatesville City Council, Democrat Khadijah Al-Amin and Libertarian Nicholas Panagakos are challenging Republican Councilman John Guerrera.

Most significantly, the new map likely gives Democrats a better shot at winning seats in Philadelphia’s heavily populated and moderate suburbs, where Republicans had held seats in bizarrely contorted districts, including one labeled “Goofy Kicking Donald Duck”.

Borick said the standard form of an open primary would let all registered voters choose their party primary. The new maps are generally more favorable to Democrats than Republicans, but Tuesday’s election results will make that even more clear. Green said Monday that one of the seven Republican candidates, Marc Urbach, has withdrawn and there are signs at the precincts warning that a vote for him won’t be counted.

In the 18th district, Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle is being challenged by fellow Democrat Janis Brooks. Democratic candidates in the newly created 4th Congressional District (State Rep. Madeleine Dean, Shira Goodman and Joe Hoeffel) could change that.

Unless you’re a serious party loyalist, it’s hard to imagine mounting much defense for punishing Pennsylvanians who would rather remain politically independent or join a third party than affiliate themselves with either of our major parties. He then would compete against the victor of a three-way Democratic primary as he seeks a second term. In the State House, there are 119 Republicans and 81 Democrats, and three vacant seats.

Voters can look up their polling place at centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?NID=243, or the location is also printed on voter identification cards.

Blacken the oval: To vote for a candidate, completely blacken the oval to the left of that person’s name.

There are two candidates vying for the GOP nod for the 30th District state Senate seat that is being vacated by Sen. In the Senate there are 34 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

Primary election day preparation