State Legislative Candidates Report Petition Filings

Candidates for several government offices scrambled in recent weeks to collect signatures on primary election nominating petitions. That’s because delayed state Supreme Court rulings on Pennsylvania’s updated redistricting maps cut the petitioning period by about half, from 21 days to only 10. As a result, some office-seekers needed larger-than-usual volunteer armies to aid their efforts.

Both state Reps. Joe Ciresi, in the 146th District, and Tracy Pennycuick, looking to advance from the 147th District to the state Senate, reported on their petition filings Monday (March 28, 2022).

The primary election will be held May 17 (Tuesday).

Incumbent Ciresi Running for Third Term

Ciresi submitted petitions carrying more than 800 signatures, the Pottstown Mercury reported Monday, as he announced his intention to seek a third term. He initially won election to the office in 2018.

He’ll be new to some voters, as redistricting changed somewhat changed the 146th’s territorial shape and municipal configuration, Mercury reporter Evan Brandt wrote. The district now includes all of Pottstown and Royersford boroughs, and West Pottsgrove, Lower Pottsgrove, and Limerick townships. It relocates Trappe Borough and Perkiomen Township into adjoining districts.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve the newly drawn 146th District after the upcoming elections,” Ciresi stated.

Pennycuick Files Petitions for Senate Run

Pennycuick reported she filed nominating petitions Wednesday (March 23, 2022) in her bid to fill the state 24th Senate District seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Bob Mensch.

Pennycuick’s election team gathered 1,170 signatures supporting her nomination, amplified by supplemental filings that represented more than twice the required number. She described the effort as one of “amazing support” by a “grassroots army.” She expects to begin meeting voters this weekend, Pennycuick said.