BUCKS COUNTY >> Democrats and Republicans went to the polls on Tuesday to select their candidates for the November election.
With the exception of a handful of races for county judge, school board and district justice, the Primary was pretty much a routine exercise in the Democratic process with voters going through the motions of picking their candidates for the fall ballot.
Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
At the county level, in the heavily contested race for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Democrats picked Charissa Liller, Jordan Yeager and Jessica VanDerKam as their candidates for November. On the Republican ballot, voters on Tuesday picked Denise Bowman, Allen Toadvine and Grace Deon as their candidates for the general election.
Ten hopefuls crammed Tuesday’s ballot for three open seats on the court.
In the Democratic stronghold of Bristol Borough, elections are pretty much decided on primary day with a dearth of Republican candidates on the ballot.
In the only contested race for borough council, businessman Michael Gorman unseated incumbent Councilman Tony Riccio for a four year seat on council in the borough’s west ward. Gorman won nearly 70 percent of the vote on the Democratic ballot.
Danny Pasciull ran unopposed for council on the Democratic ballot in the north ward, incumbent Democrat Greg Pezza ran unopposed for council in the east ward and incumbent Democrat Louis Quattrocchi ran unopposed for council in the south ward.
In the race for Bristol Borough School Board, voters picked Steve Cullen, Mary Ann Potena Paglione, Mike Poploskie, Jeffrey Paleafico and Albert Pirolla for five open seats.
Scott McClain fell short in his bid coming in sixth on the Democratic ballot in a field of six candidates.
Two contested races for borough council played out on Tuesday’s ballot, one in the first ward and the other in the second ward.
In the second ward where two open council seats are up for grabs, Republican voters picked incumbent Danielle Larison and Scott Robinson as their candidates for November out of a field of three hopefuls. Noel Sperry came up short in his bid for council in the Republican Primary.
Larison and Robinson will now face a challenge in November from Democrat and former council member Nancy Sherlock who ran unopposed on Tuesday.
In the only other contested borough race, Democrats in the first ward picked incumbent Ted Parker over Kelly Chiavarini as their candidate in November for an open four year seat on the borough council. With no Republican on the ballot, Parker will find himself unopposed in the November election.
District Judge 7-1-11
Another closely watched primary day challenge played out in Morrisville Borough, Yardley Borough and Lower Makefield where two cross-filed candidates are vying for the job of magistrate in district 7-1-11.
Lower Makefield Police Officer Tom Augustin won on the Republican ballot with 73.5 percent of the vote while Morrisville Borough Councilwoman and local Attorney Corryn Kronnagle won on the Democratic ballot with 64.9 percent of the vote. The results set up a run-off election in November between the two hopefuls.
Council Rock School Board
In Region 4, Republican voters picked incumbent Joe Hidalgo as their candidate for school board while the Democrats picked Karl Fetzer setting up run-off race in November for a four year seat on the board.
In Region 9, voters from both the Democratic and Republican ballots picked incumbent Kristin Marcell over Mary Jane Heil as their candidate for a four year seat on the board.
Other races were uncontested including incumbent Ed Tate in Region 2, Mariann McKee in Region 1, Ed Salamon in Region 5 and incumbent Michael Thorwart in Region 7.
Pennsbury School Board
In Region 1, voters from both parties picked incumbent board president TR Kannan as their candidate for the November election assuring Kannan of another term on the board.
Kannan ran unopposed on the Democratic ballot and defeated challenger Vanessa Fiori on the Republican ballot in Tuesday’s election.
In Region 2, incumbent John Palmer, incumbent Gary Sanderson and Sherwood Taylor were the top vote getters on the Democratic ballot for three open seats while Gary Sanderson, Michael Pallotta and Sherwood Taylor were the top vote getters on the Republican ballot.
The result sets up a run-off in November between Palmer, on the Democratic ballot, and Pallotta on the Republican ballot.
And in Region 2, incumbent Christian Schwartz won on the Democratic ballot over Bill Denton while Denton won on the Republican ballot over Schwartz. The results set up a run-off election between the two in November.
Neshaminy School Board
The only contested race played out in region two where three cross-filed candidates - Paul Saraullo, Adam Kovitz and Bob Feathers - were vying for two seats on the school board.
The Democrats picked Saraullo and Kovitz while Republicans picked Adam Kovitz and Bob Feathers as their candidates in November.
The result sets up a run-off between Saraullo, on the Democratic ballot, and Feathers on the Republican ballot in November.
Races in regions one and three were uncontested.
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