A busy ballot faces voters on Tuesday


Pennsylvania Re­pub­lic­ans will choose among five can­did­ates in next week’s primary for United States Sen­ate, and un­de­cided voters will get to see the hope­fuls at a loc­al for­um.

The Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce, PECO En­ergy and Wes­ley En­hanced Liv­ing are spon­sor­ing the event, which takes place on Thursday, April 19, at 8 a.m., at Wes­ley En­hanced Liv­ing Pennypack, at 8401 Roosevelt Blvd.

The pub­lic is in­vited. Tick­ets cost $10.

The can­did­ates are Mal­vern busi­ness­man Steve Welch; former coal com­pany own­er Tom Smith, of Arm­strong County; former state Rep. Sam Rohr­er, of Berks County; Dav­id Chris­ti­an, a dec­or­ated Vi­et­nam War vet­er­an and vet­er­ans’ ad­voc­ate from Bucks County; and Marc Scaringi, an at­tor­ney from Perry County.

Welch has the sup­port of the Re­pub­lic­an State Com­mit­tee and has been en­dorsed by state Rep. John Taylor and The Phil­adelphia In­quirer.

Smith, who made a re­cent cam­paign stop at Smo­keEat­ers Pub in May­fair, has sat­ur­ated the air­waves with tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials. He’s been en­dorsed by the In­de­pend­ence Hall Tea Party Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee.

Rohr­er has some statewide name re­cog­ni­tion from his 2010 cam­paign for gov­ernor. He lost the primary to Tom Corbett.

Chris­ti­an has been en­dorsed by state Rep. Tom Murt and the Pitt­s­burgh Tribune-Re­view. He is pres­id­ent of DacV­al Corp.., a de­fense man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany loc­ated at 7341 Tulip St in Holmes­burg that builds ground sup­port equip­ment for U.S. Navy air­craft car­ri­ers. He’ll be lis­ted first on the bal­lot.

Scaringi once worked as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Rick San­tor­um.

The sur­viv­or of the Re­pub­lic­an primary will face the win­ner of the Demo­crat­ic primary between Sen. Bob Ca­sey Jr. and small-busi­ness­man Joseph Vod­varka, of Al­legheny County.

Vod­varka pledges to serve one six-year term, then go back to work and fish­ing. He does not ne­ces­sar­ily hold typ­ic­al Demo­crat­ic views. He wants to re­peal Obama­care, make Eng­lish the of­fi­cial lan­guage of the United States, build a fence along the south­ern bor­der with Mex­ico and in­crease do­mest­ic oil drilling.

Pennsylvania Re­pub­lic­ans will also choose among four pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates, though one can­did­ate — Rick San­tor­um — has dropped out of the race. His name will re­main on the bal­lot. Former Mas­sachu­setts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney has all but clinched the GOP nom­in­a­tion. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former House Speak­er Newt Gin­grich re­main in the race.

Pres­id­ent Barack Obama is un­op­posed on the Demo­crat­ic tick­et.

Pennsylvania Demo­crats will choose among two can­did­ates for at­tor­ney gen­er­al — former con­gress­man Patrick Murphy and former Lack­awanna County As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kath­leen Kane. The Phil­adelphia In­quirer and Daily News have en­dorsed Kane. The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed.

In the race for aud­it­or gen­er­al, Re­pub­lic­ans will choose between Frank Pinto and John Ma­h­er. The Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate is Eu­gene De­Pasquale.

The gen­er­al elec­tion match­up is set in the race for state treas­urer. In­cum­bent Demo­crat Rob Mc­Cord will take on Re­pub­lic­an Di­ana Irey Vaughan.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D-1st dist.) will face Re­pub­lic­an John Feather­man in the gen­er­al elec­tion. Both men are un­op­posed in their primar­ies.

State Sen. Shir­ley Kit­chen (D-3rd dist.) is un­op­posed in the primary and gen­er­al elec­tions. The Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion passed a plan last week that takes away the North­east areas of her dis­trict, ef­fect­ive Janu­ary 2015.

State Sen. Mike Stack (D-5th dist.) will face Re­pub­lic­an Mike Tom­lin­son in the gen­er­al elec­tion.

State Rep. Tom Murt (R-152nd dist.) will face Demo­crat Ron­ald Kolla in Novem­ber.

Demo­crat Steve Mc­Carter is the only can­did­ate seek­ing to re­place long­time Rep. Larry Curry in the 154th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, which in­cludes one di­vi­sion in Burholme. That di­vi­sion is not in­cluded in the pro­posed 154th dis­trict un­der the re­ap­por­tion­ment plan passed last week.

State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) was to face Re­pub­lic­an George Weiss, a Re­altor, in the fall, but Weiss dropped out on Tues­day, cit­ing the time a polit­ic­al race would take away from his work and fam­ily. The GOP will name a re­place­ment.

State Reps. Mike McGee­han (D-173rd dist.) and John Sabat­ina Jr. (D-174th dist.) are un­op­posed in the primary and gen­er­al elec­tions.

State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) will face Demo­crat Wil­li­am Dun­bar in the gen­er­al elec­tion.

Demo­crat James “Scoot” Clay is the only can­did­ate in the 179th dis­trict. In­cum­bent Demo­crat­ic Rep. Tony Payton with­drew from the race when it be­came clear he did not have enough val­id nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions.

State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-203rd dist.) faces a primary chal­lenge from La­mont Thomas.

The new voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law does not go in­to ef­fect un­til the Nov. 6 gen­er­al elec­tion. However, as a tri­al run, poll work­ers will ask for iden­ti­fic­a­tion on primary day. Any­one without a photo ID that day will still be able to vote.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any­one with ques­tions about photo ID, polling loc­a­tions, elec­tion rules or prob­lems at the polls can call the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty toll-free at 1-866-OUR-VOTE. ••


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