Early voting underway in Montgomery County for May 22 Primary Runoff Election

Henrietta Brewer
May 15, 2018

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. They are Jeff Bartos, a real estate investor from suburban Philadelphia who is campaigning with Wagner; Diana Irey Vaughan, a Washington County commissioner who has run previously for Congress and state treasurer and who is campaigning with Mango; Kathy Coder, a Republican State Committee member from Allegheny County; and Marguerite "Peg" Luksik, a longtime conservative activist from Cambria County who has run twice for governor and once for U.S. Senate.

The County Commissioner Precinct 4 Republican candidates are incumbent Jim Clark and James Metts. Whoever wins the Democratic primary on Tuesday is all but certain to win the seat in November - a reality reflected in the fact that only one person, Pearl Kim, is seeking the Republican nomination.

Pennsylvanians will head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election.

Voters in all precincts also have a choice in the Governor's race. Valdez is the former sheriff of Dallas County. 4 race. The candidates are Wendy Laubach and Russel Cole.

Six incumbents - Democrats Mike Doyle of Pittsburgh and Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans of Philadelphia and Republicans Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County, Tom Marino of Lycoming County and Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County - are facing primary challenges. The victor faces Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in the fall. Two challengers have signed up for the GOP primary, and three Democrats have entered the fray in a district historically unkind to their party.

Under Pennsylvania's new congressional map - which was drawn by the state Supreme Court after the court ruled the old map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered - the 6th District includes all of Chester County and part of Berks County.

Not almost as much will be settled in this primary because of the large number of people seeking public office - 435 for the 125 legislative seats, 15 for governor, and hundreds of others for Congress, secondary statewide offices, district attorney and judge. If you don't know where to vote, or who you can vote for, here's what you need to know.

Polling place locations and official voter information can be found on the County's web site.

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