As Election Day nears, a look at the candidates

  • Marjorie Margolies

  • Dr. Val Arkoosh

  • State Rep. Brendan Boyle

  • State Sen. Daylin Leach

  • Tom Wolf

  • Katie McGinty

  • State Treasurer Rob McCord

  • U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz

The primary elec­tion is set for Tues­day, May 20, and there are some hot races on the bal­lot.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here is a look at the loc­al races:

Gov­ernor: Gov. Tom Corbett is un­op­posed on the Re­pub­lic­an side.

Four Demo­crats are in the run­ning: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord; Katie Mc­Ginty, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive and St. Hubert High School gradu­ate who once headed the state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion; and Tom Wolf, a York County busi­ness­man and former sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue.

Wolf is con­sidered the fa­vor­ite thanks to ef­fect­ive tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials he ran early in the cam­paign.  

Lieu­ten­ant Gov­ernor: Lt. Gov. Jim Caw­ley is un­op­posed on the Re­pub­lic­an tick­et.

Five Demo­crats are run­ning: State Sen. Mike Stack; former con­gress­man Mark Critz; state Rep. Brandon Neu­man; Har­ris­burg City Coun­cil­man Brad Kopl­in­ski; and Brad­ford County Com­mis­sion­er Mark Smith.

Stack began the elec­tion cycle run­ning as a mod­er­ate for gov­ernor, but has pivoted to a pro­gress­ive cam­paign for LG. He has a fin­an­cial edge on the field, hav­ing car­ried over money from his Sen­ate and gov­ernor ac­counts. He is lis­ted first on the bal­lot. While there is usu­ally an anti-Phil­adelphia bi­as in Demo­crat­ic primar­ies, it is hard to see Stack los­ing in a crowded field.

13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict: Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz is run­ning for gov­ernor.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates are Dee Ad­cock, a swim­ming pool com­pany own­er who gave a strong show­ing against Schwartz in 2010, and Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser, a re­tired U.S. Air Force col­on­el.

The Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates are state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Brendan Boyle, Dr. Val Arkoosh and former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies.

Most ob­serv­ers ex­pect Boyle, as the only Phil­adelphi­an in the race, to eas­ily win the city part of the dis­trict, al­though five of the 14 ward lead­ers are with Mar­gol­ies. Boyle re­peatedly says he is the only nonil­lion­aire in the race.

While Boyle might not do so well in Mont­gomery County, he could still pull off the vic­tory if the oth­er three can­did­ates some­what evenly split the sub­urb­an vote.

2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict: In 2011, city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er Marge Tartagli­one en­dorsed Marty Bed­narek over Bobby Hen­on in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict. Tartagli­one was tar­geted for de­feat that May, and she lost in the primary to end a 36-year ca­reer.

Now, some of the same power brokers who ended Marge Tartagli­one’s ca­reer are try­ing to beat her daugh­ter, Sen. Tina Tartagli­one. They’re back­ing Danny Sav­age, a ward lead­er from North­wood and a former city coun­cil­man. To­mas Sanc­hez, hus­band of City Coun­cil­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez, also is run­ning.

The Tartagli­one/Sav­age battle is play­ing out in mail­boxes across the dis­trict.

In Sav­age’s mail­ings, he has cri­ti­cized Tartagli­one for miss­ing Sen­ate votes while ac­cept­ing hikes in her pay and pen­sion, and for spon­sor­ing meas­ures such as Egg Month. Two mail­ings fea­tured Marge Tartagli­one, re­mind­ing voters that she en­rolled in the city’s De­ferred Re­tire­ment Op­tion Plan (DROP), only to seek re-elec­tion. Hen­on, who went on to win the Coun­cil race, is quoted in one mail­ing as say­ing, “I have known and ad­mired Danny Sav­age for many years, dat­ing back to his pro­duct­ive time on City Coun­cil. Danny has a pas­sion for pub­lic ser­vice and the drive to get things done. Danny knows these neigh­bor­hoods. Danny knows these people be­cause he ac­tu­ally spends time here, help­ing people. I need a part­ner in Har­ris­burg who will help me fight for the people of Phil­adelphia and en­sure that we re­ceive the state re­sources that we need and de­serve. The cur­rent lead­er­ship of the 2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict is sorely lack­ing. We de­serve bet­ter.”

Tartagli­one’s mail­ings, mostly paid for by the Pennsylvania Demo­crat­ic State Com­mit­tee, in­clude men­tions of her suc­cess­ful ef­fort to raise the min­im­um wage in 2006 and her cur­rent at­tempt to raise it again. A couple of them note the ser­i­ous spin­al cord in­jury she suffered in a boat­ing ac­ci­dent, leav­ing her in a wheel­chair, and in­dic­ate that she fought for is­sues such as edu­ca­tion fund­ing from her bed­side. Joseph Kovel, pres­id­ent of the Pennsylvania State Troop­ers As­so­ci­ation, de­scribed her in a mail­ing as a “proven cham­pi­on for pub­lic safety.”

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is John Jen­kins, ad­mis­sions dir­ect­or at West Cath­ol­ic High School.

172nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict: Demo­crat­ic Rep. Kev­in Boyle is be­ing chal­lenged in the primary by mil­it­ary vet­er­an Jef­frey Voice.

173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict: Demo­crat­ic Rep. Mike McGee­han is not seek­ing an­oth­er term.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Mike Tom­lin­son.

The Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates are Mike Driscoll, Den­nis Kilderry and Paul DeFinis.

Driscoll, a mar­ried fath­er of five from Tor­res­dale, has the back­ing of the Demo­crat­ic ward lead­ers, former Dis­trict At­tor­ney Lynne Ab­ra­ham and Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5. His mail­ings have fo­cused on edu­ca­tion and jobs. He’s busi-ness de-vel-op-ment ad-min-is-trat-or for the Phil-ad­elphia Fed-er-al Cred-it Uni-on. He formerly served as deputy sec-ret-ary of the De-part-ment of Gen-er-al Ser-vices in the ad-min-is-tra-tion of Gov. Bob Ca-sey.

Kilderry is an elec-ted of-fi-cial of In-su-lat-ors Uni-on Loc-al 14 and long­time com­mit­tee­man in the 55th Ward. He is the vo­lun­teer pres­id­ent of the ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee at Ta­cony’s Roosevelt Play-ground. There, he has helped add sports teams, or-gan-ize cleanups and paint over graf-fiti. “I give my heart to that play­ground.”

DeFinis is an auto body shop own­er who is act­ive with the Up­per Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation. One of his top pri­or­it­ies is mon­it­or­ing the re­devel­op­ment of the former Lid­don­field Homes hous­ing pro­ject.

179th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict: Rep. James Clay faces a Demo­crat­ic primary chal­lenge from Jason Dawkins, a former City Coun­cil aide.

202nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict: Rep. Mark Co­hen, in of­fice for 40 years, faces a Demo­crat­ic primary chal­lenge from well-fun­ded law­yer Jared So­lomon, who is pres­id­ent of the Castor Gar­dens-based Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation.

City Coun­cil at-large: Former Demo­crat­ic Coun­cil­man Bill Green now heads the School Re­form Com­mis­sion.

The spe­cial-elec­tion can­did­ates are Demo­crat Ed Neilson, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive from the North­east; Re­pub­lic­an Matt Wolfe, a law­yer and ward lead­er from West Phil­adelphia; and Liber­tari­an Nikki Al­len Poe.

Neilson is proud to say he has not missed a vote while cam­paign­ing. School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia fund­ing is his cur­rent top pri­or­ity. He is run­ning hard in the Coun­cil race des­pite the Demo­crats’ big voter-re­gis­tra­tion edge.

“I’ve been in every neigh­bor­hood throughout the city,” he said.

• Bal­lot ques­tions: City voters will de­cide on three pro­posed changes to the Home Rule Charter. One would al­low city elec­ted of­fi­cials to re­main on the job while they seek a high­er of­fice. ••

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