NORRISTOWN PA – Tom Quigley of Royersford, the former local state representative trying to regain the seat he lost two years ago, defeated Republican rival Harvey Friedland of Trappe in Tuesday’s (May 20, 2014) primary elections for their party’s nomination to run against Democrat Mark Painter in the 146th House District this November.
Unofficial election results announced by Montgomery County Voter Services, with 100 percent of 20 voting districts reporting, showed Quigley commanded a large lead of 1,678 votes, or 76 percent, over Friedland with 529 votes and 24 percent. Painter, who was unopposed in the corresponding Democratic primary, received 2,188 votes. Now Quigley and Painter are set up for a rematch in the race Painter won during 2012 by a slim margin.
The 146th House District includes Lower Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Limerick and Royersford.
Competitors for the state’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Limerick, Pottstown, Collegeville and Trappe, were unopposed in their respective primaries. Democrat Manan Trivedi received 5,333 votes, and Republican Ryan Costello won 4,519. They, too, will battle each other for that seat in the November general elections.
Similarly, incumbent Republican John Rafferty received 4,314 votes, and his future Democrat challenger Kathi Cozzone got 3,918 votes in their respective and unopposed primary elections for the state 44th Senatorial District seat, and will face off again in November. The district includes Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, Royersford, Collegeville and Spring City.
In the Pennsylvania governor primary races, Republican incumbent Tom Corbett was unopposed. York County’s Tom Wolf, who gained early front-runner status in the Democrat primary, will be Corbett’s opponent.
Wolf won the party nomination over Robert McCord, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz, although Schartz made it a close race in the county. MontCo Democratic voters supported Wolf with 25,118 ballots or 40.38 percent; Schwartz was a close second locally with 24,591 votes and 39.54 percent. Statewide, Wolf won in far greater numbers.
Voter turnout locally and across the state was considered light.