Wolf, Boyle, Neilson Win Tuesday Vote

Now Democrats look ahead to November.

AP Photo | York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin

AP Photo | York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin

Election results, we’ve got them:

• “Businessman Tom Wolf won the Democratic nomination for governor in Pennsylvania Tuesday, easily besting three other candidates including Rep. Allyson Schwartz. Wolf will now advance to a November showdown against Gov. Tom Corbett (R), regarded by many observers as the most vulnerable governor up for reelection. Corbett is struggling in the polls.” (Washington Post)

• “State Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia is the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania. Stack’s victory in Tuesday’s primary means he will be the running mate of millionaire businessman Tom Wolf, who has been chosen by voters to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall.” (AP)

• “Pennsylvania state Rep. Brendan Boyle resoundingly won the Democratic primary to represent the state’s 13th District on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. State Sen. Daylin Leach, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies and physician Val Arkoosh also contested the race to succeed Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), who on Tuesday lost her bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R). The Democratic nominee is expected to smoothly sail to victory in November’s general election, given the district’s deep blue electorate.” (Huffington Post)

• “State Rep. Ed Neilson, a former political director for the city Electricians union, will soon be swapping his legislative seat for a chair in City Council. Neilson, 50, now serving his first term in the state House from the Far Northeast, easily won Tuesday’s special election to replace Councilman-at-Large Bill Green. Picked by Democratic ward leaders as their candidate, Neilson defeated Republican lawyer Matthew Wolfe and the Libertarian Party’s Nikki Allen Poe to fill out the remaining 19 months of Green’s term. Green resigned this year after Gov. Corbett named him chairman of the School Reform Commission.” (Inquirer)

• Democratic challenger Art Haywood beat indicted Senator Leanna Washington. Haywood took 40% of the vote, followed by Washington at 34% and other Democratic challenger Brian Gralnick 27%. They took 15,874, 13,440 and 10,590 votes respectively. Senator Leanna Washington was indicted on one count of theft of services and one count of violation of the conflict of interest statute. She allegedly bullied her state-paid staff into planning an annual birthday bash for the Senator that took up $30,000 – $100,000 worth of taxpayer time.” (Politics PA)

• “Marred by the controversy of felony charges stemming from a conflict of interest and a suspected “ghost employee,” Rep. J.P. Miranda was unable to win the Democratic primary in House District 197. Instead, the race went to social worker Leslie Acosta.” (Politics PA)

• “Incumbent State Rep. Mark Cohen was able to stave off fellow Democrat Jared Solomon in the HD-202 primary — but it was a close one. Cohen received 2,214 votes, which was good for 51.48% of the vote, while Solomon netted an impressive 2,086 votes and 48.50% of the popular vote. Not good enough for a victory, but a strong showing for Solomon.” (Politics PA)

• City voters once again rejected a controversial measure that would have allowed politicians to keep their current post while campaigning for another. The other two questions on the ballot prevailed. Voters decided that city subcontractors must pay their workers 150 percent of the federal minimum wage, or $10.88 an hour. The minimum wage issue was front and center with airport workers, who were making as little as $7 an hour. Voters, by a 2-1 ratio, also gave City Council their blessing to have the authority to approve contracts for legal representation of indigent defendants.” (Inquirer)