Primary election is next Tuesday

Shawn Hardy

Local Republicans and Democrats will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, to choose each party's nominees for the general election in November.

The primary election ballots include candidates for Pennsylvania Senate, House, governor and lieutenant governor and U.S. senator and representative. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Republicans have a number of choices on the ballot, but the only contest on the Democratic side is for lieutenant governor.

The most local race for voters in Greencastle and Antrim Township is for who will fill the seat of state Sen. John Eichelberger Jr. in the 30th District. Republican candidates are Judy Ward and Daniel Kiss, while Emily Best is the only Democratic candidate.

In Franklin County, the 30th District covers Greencastle, Mercersburg and Antrim, Fannett, Metal, Montgomery, Peters, St. Thomas and Warren townships. The district also includes all of Blair and Fulton counties and parts of Cumberland and Huntingdon counties.

Eichelberger gave up the state seat to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. He is part of an eight-man GOP field seeking to replace Bill Shuster, who did not seek re-election. The candidates are Ben Hornberger, Steve Bloom, Doug Mastriano, Arthur L. Halvorson, Travis Schooley, John Joyce, John H. Eichelberger Jr. and Bernie Washabaugh.

Brent Ottaway is the only person running on the Democratic ticket for the new 13th Congressional District, made up largely of the former Ninth District, created under redistricting earlier this year.

State Rep. Paul Schemel, a Republican whose 90th Legislative District covers Greencastle and Antrim Township, as well as Waynesboro, Mont Alto and Hamilton, Letterkenny, Quincy and Washington townships, is unopposed on the GOP side and there is no Democratic candidate.

Choices Republicans will have include:

  • U.S. senator: Jim Christiana or Lou Barletta
  • Governor: Scott R. Wagner, Paul Mango or Laura Ellsworth,
  • Lieutenant governor: Kathy Coder, Diana Irey Vaughan, Jeff Bartos or Peg Luksik

Incumbent Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Tom Wolf are the Democrats' only candidates for those posts, while candidates for lieutenant governor are Kathi Cozzone, John Fetterman, Mike Stack, Ray Sosa and Nina Ahmad.

Sample ballots can be found on the Franklin County website: