BUCKS COUNTY >> The race for Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Congress and a special election for state Representative in the 178th District will headline Tuesday’s Primary Election in Bucks County.
The polls will be open on Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as party faithful nominate their candidates for U.S. Senator and U.S. Congress, Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senator and State Representative.
In the race for Governor, Republicans will chose their candidate for November from a field of three - State Senator Scott Wagner, Pittsburgh consultant Paul Mango and Pittsburgh lawyer Laura Ellsworth. The winner of the GOP Primary will move on to November to challenge incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, who is unopposed on Tuesday.
For the job of Lt. Governor, a position now held by Mike Stack of Philadelphia, the field is packed with candidates with five Democrats - Nina Ahmad, Kathie Cozzone, John Fetterman, Ray Sosa and Mike Stack - and four Republicans - Jeff Bartos, Kathy Coder, Peg Luksik and Diane Irey Vaughan - seeking their party’s nomination.
In the race for Congress in the newly created 1st Congressional District, which includes all of Bucks County and a small portion of Montgomery County, Republicans will chose between incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick and attorney and Iraq War veteran Dean Malik while Democrats pick from a field of three candidates - Scott Wallace, Rachel Reddick and Steve Bacher as their nominee for U.S. Congress.
Fitzpatrick will be fighting to keep his job after winning election in 2016 while an energized Democratic base, spurred on by its profound dislike of President Trump, attempts to take back the district in November.
In another closely watched race, a special election - open to all voters - will play out in the 178th district where Republican Wendi Thomas and Democrat Helen Tai are vying to fill a seat left vacant by Republican Scott Petri. Petri resigned earlier this year to take a job with the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Thomas, a former Council Rock School Board member, and Tai, a Solebury Township Supervisor, are vying to represent New Hope Borough and Northampton, Upper Makefield, Wrightstown and Solebury townships in the state legislature.
Uncontested races to be decided in November
• State Senate (10th): Republican State Rep. Marguerite Quinn and former State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D) are vying for the seat now held by Republican Chuck McIlhinney. McIlhinney decided not to run for another term.
• State Senate (6th): Democrat State Rep. Tina Davis is challenging Republican incumbent Robert Tomlinson.
• State Rep. (31st): Former Newtown Township Supervisor Ryan Gallagher (R) is challenging incumbent Democrat State Rep. Perry Warren.
• State Rep. (140th): State Rep. John Galloway (D) is unopposed.
• State Rep. (141st): Business owner Anthony Sposato (R) is challenging incumbent Democrat Tina Davis.
• State Rep. (142nd): Business owner and single Mom Lauren Lareau (D) is challenging incumbent Republican State Rep. Frank Farry.
Online Voters Guide
Since as early as 1955, the League of Women Voters in Bucks County has been providing nonpartisan Voters Guides as one of many public services. This long history has allowed candidates to see the value of putting their qualifications and views before the public. The League’s Voters Guide contains election information, the list of offices and issues to be voted on and names of candidates together with biographical information and a summary of their views the candidates are asked to provide.
The 2018 Spring Voters Guide for the primary and special election is available online at http://www.lwvbucks.org/VotersGuide416.html. This joint project by the League of Women Voters Education Fund and the League of Women Voters of Bucks County provides important information about voting, addresses state and local races to be voted on May 15, provides additional online resources and can be taken into the voting booth.
Voters are reminded that the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Additional information can be found at the League’s website www.VOTE411.org.