The 2019 Election Day results are in and the Blue Wave crashed down hard — delivering a blue tsunami to our local political scene.
Washington politics was evident in our local supervisor and school board races. So much for touting the mantra to vote for the person, not the party – it appears that if a candidate had a ‘D’ after their name, they prevailed, even if up against a seasoned Republican incumbent.
On the T/E School Board, two candidates from Region 1 were unopposed on the election ballot – Todd Kantorczyk (D) and Roberta Hotinski (D) – and both will remain on the school board. In Region 2, incumbent school board director Ed Sweeney (R) lost his seat but incumbent Michele Burger (D) won her re-election bid. Joining Burger on the school board is Democrat Stacy Stone. Although Independent candidate Doug Anestad did not win a seat on the school board in Region 2, it should be noted that he received an impressive 662 votes – and this was without a single campaign sign or political mailer!
Recently appointed Democrat Mary Garrett Itin (D) retains her Region 3 school board seat but former T/E School District administrator Sue Tiede (D) beat incumbent Kate Murphy (R).
History making news on the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors – for the first time in the township’s 300+ year history, all elected supervisors will be Democrats. In District 1 (East) recently appointed supervisor Julie Gosse (D) will remain on the Board of Supervisors as will incumbent At-Large supervisor Mark Freed (D). The other At-Large supervisor seat was won by Sharon Humble (D). In District 3 (West) the Democrat candidate K. S. Bhaskar was elected. Here is the list of candidates with the winners indicated in highlights.
T/E SCHOOL BOARD REGION 1 CANDIDATES
Roberta Hotinski (D) Incumbent, unopposed
Todd Kantorczyk (D) Incumbent, unopposed
T/E SCHOOL BOARD REGION 2 CANDIDATES (2 seats available)
Doug Anestad (I)
Michele Burger (D) Incumbent
Stacy Stone (D)
Ed Sweeney (R) Incumbent
T/E SCHOOL BOARD REGION 3 CANDIDATES
Mary Garrett Itin (D)opposed by Nicholas Lee (R)
Incumbent Kate Murphy (R) opposed by Sue Tiede (D)
DISTRICT SUPERVISOR 1st DISTRICT (EAST) CANDIDATES
Julie Gosse (D)
Raffi Terzian (R)
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR AT-LARGE CANDIDATES
Mark Freed (D)
Sharon Humble (D)
Gina Mazzulla (R)
Liz Mercogliano (R)
DISTRICT SUPERVISOR 3rd DISTRICT (WEST) CANDIDATES
K. S. Bhaskar (D)
Peter DiLullo (R)
Thank you to all the candidates and congratulations to those who won. Although the blue wave crashed and the Democrats swept the local supervisor and school board elections, it is important for our elected officials to remember they represent ALL the residents, regardless of party affiliation.