Two women — Republican Judy Ward and Democrat Emily Best — will face off in November to represent Greencastle, Antrim Township and the rest of the 30th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.
Ward defeated Daniel Kiss in Tuesday's primary election for the Republican nomination for the seat that became available when current Sen. John Eichelberger Jr. decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Best was the only candidate on the Democratic ticket.
In the congressional race, Eichelberger lost his bid to replace Rep. Bill Shuster, who did not seek re-election.
Altoona dermatologist Dr. John Joyce led the GOP field for the 13th District congressional seat and will go up against Brent Ottaway, the only Democratic candidate, in the November general election.
State Rep. Paul Schemel, a Republican who represents Greencastle and Antrim Township, was the only name on the GOP ballot and there were no Democrats running for the 90th District seat.
Seventy-three percent of voters, 18,752, selected Ward, who currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Kiss received 27 percent or 6,997 votes.
The district includes Greencastle, Mercersburg and Antrim, Fannett, Metal, Montgomery, Peters, St. Thomas and Warren townships in Franklin County, as well as all of Blair and Fulton counties and parts of Cumberland and Huntingdon counties.
"I am so excited and just very happy. I am looking forward to new challenge," Ward said. "Sen. Eichelberger did such a good job and represented the district so well. We are different people, but I want to be same kind of senator. I work hard and want to represent the area well."
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Joyce took the Republican nomination with 14,615 votes, 22 percent, across the central Pennsylvania's 13th District, which includes all of Franklin County. Eichelberger followed with 13,101 or 20 percent.
Other results in the eight-man field: Steve Bloom, 12,195, 18 percent; Doug Mastriano, 10,485, 16 percent; Art Halvorson, 10,161, 15 percent; Travis Schooley, 3,030, 5 percent; Bernie Washabaugh, 1,908, 3 percent; and Ben Hornberger, 1,182, 2 percent.
“I will work very hard for the people of the 13th Congressional District," Joyce said. "This race was very exciting and in the end our positive message prevailed. I will always put the people of central Pennsylvania first, not D.C. special interests. I am truly honored and humbled.”
U.S. SENATE — Four-term U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta won a two-way Republican primary. He will face two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.
GOVERNOR — State Sen. Scott Wagner won a three-way Republican primary. He will face first-term Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
LT. GOVERNOR — John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock in Allegheny County, won a five-way Democratic primary. Jeff Bartos won a four-way Republican primary.
"It's going very well, considering what we're voting for," Linda Burkholder, judge of elections at Greencastle Church of the Brethren, said Tuesday. By lunchtime, nearly 90 people had voted at the polling place for Greencastle 2.
In the presidential primary two years ago, 400-some voters went to the Greencastle poll.
"For a primary it's not too bad," said Jackie Greenawalt, judge of elections at the Shady Grove Community Center, polling place for Antrim Township 3. "It could be better or it could be worse."
By lunchtime Tuesday, close to 100 voters had cast ballots in Shady Grove.
Across Franklin County, voter turnout was just over 27 percent (14,685) for Republicans and 16.5 percent (3,939) for Democrats.