Pattye Benson

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Votes counted and Tom Wolf (D), Ryan Costello (R) & Warren Kampf (R) win

Don’t know if it was efforts of the political parties and their volunteers, the candidates themselves, the issues or the perfect voting weather of 70-plus degrees but it appeared there was record attendance at many of the polls. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many voters come out in a non-presidential election!

Looks like the dust has begun to settle from Election Day 2014. After one term in office, Republican Governor Tom Corbett will be replaced by challenger Democrat Tom Wolf. The debate boiled down to what many believe was massive cuts to education by Corbett versus the speculation of increased taxes to the middle class by Wolf. In the end, preservation of Pennsylvania’s education system outweighed the fear some have of a higher tax bill.

Locally, the battle for the PA State House 157 seat between incumbent Warren Kampf (R) and his Democratic opponent Marian Moskowitz raged right up until the polls closed at 8 PM. In the end, Kampf prevailed and will serve a third third in Harrisburg. Kampf received 11,689 votes (55.09 percent) with Moskowitz receiving 9,530 votes or 44.91 percent of the votes.

Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello (R) won the 6th Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Jim Gerlach (R-PA), beating challenger Manan Trivedi (R). Costello received 118.450 votes which represented 56.23 percent to Trivedi’s 92,193 votes which represented 43.77 percent of the votes.

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  1. I like Wolf’s experience as the head of his family’s supply company. I hope he can bring his business acumen and powers of persuasion to the legislature to best serve the needs of Pennsylvanians. That’s why I liked Pete Connors in the last school board election and Neal Colligan as a candidate for the new School supt. Pete runs his own manufacturing company in Reading and Neal has a financial background. Both very well suited for the positions.

    It won’t be easy for Tom though. There is a 30- 20 Republican seat majority in the Senate and a 199-84 Republican majority in the house. He may have an uphill battle with state spending on education and I predict the gas companies will push back on the new proposed gas tax.

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