Boyle captures primary victory

In other election news, state Sen. Mike Stack wins the lieutenant governor primary and Jason Dawkins pulls ahead in the 179th Legislative District.

MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO The votes are in: State Rep. Brendan Boyle won the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict Demo­crat­ic primary on Tues­day night. Boyle, of Somer­ton, had about 41 per­cent of the vote.

State Rep. Brendan Boyle on Tues­day won a sur­pris­ingly easy vic­tory in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict Demo­crat­ic primary, de­clar­ing vic­tory at about 10 p.m. at Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 headquar­ters in the Far North­east.

His young­er broth­er, Kev­in, also a state rep­res­ent­at­ive, de­livered the good news to the crowd.

“We won,” he said.

When Brendan Boyle de­clared his can­did­acy a year ago, his poll showed him be­hind 32 per­cent­age points, but he was not de­terred.

“We worked like hell,” he said.

In the end, he over­came fron­trun­ner Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, a former con­gress­wo­man who had sup­port from Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton, Ed Rendell and top of­fi­cials in Mont­gomery County.

Boyle, of Somer­ton, had about 41 per­cent of the vote, fol­lowed by Mar­gol­ies with 27 per­cent, state Sen. Daylin Leach with 17 per­cent and Val Arkoosh with 15 per­cent. All three con­ceded to Boyle be­fore he de­clared vic­tory.

Boyle took al­most 70 per­cent of the vote in Phil­adelphia. Mar­gol­ies, who had the sup­port of five ward lead­ers, was a dis­tant second.

“Our num­ber in Phil­adelphia is over­whelm­ing,” he said.

Boyle did bet­ter in Mont­gomery County than he ex­pec­ted. He was run­ning last, but tak­ing about 16 per­cent of the vote. Mar­gol­ies led the way with 35 per­cent, fol­lowed by Leach (27 per­cent) and Arkoosh (22 per­cent). All three live in the county.

“Brendan ran a great cam­paign,” said John McNesby, pres­id­ent of the FOP.

Boyle will face Dee Ad­cock, a swim­ming pool com­pany own­er who gave a strong show­ing against Schwartz in 2010. He de­feated Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser, a re­tired U.S. Air Force col­on­el, with about 66 per­cent of the vote.

Here’s a run­down of the res­ults of yes­ter­day’s primary elec­tions. The vic­tori­ous Re­pub­lic­ans and Demo­crats will face each oth­er in the fall gen­er­al elec­tion.


Gov. Tom Corbett was un­op­posed on the Re­pub­lic­an side.

York County busi­ness­man and former state Rev­en­ue sec­ret­ary Tom Wolf, long the front-run­ner in the gubernat­ori­al race, got his party’s nod to run against Corbett.

With more than three-quar­ters of the vote coun­ted, Wolf had 58 per­cent, fol­lowed by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (18 per­cent), State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord (16 per­cent) and former state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Sec­ret­ary and Rhawn­hurst nat­ive Katie Mc­Ginty (8 per­cent).

Lieu­ten­ant Gov­ernor

State Sen. Mike Stack, of Somer­ton, led the Demo­crat­ic Party’s field, best­ing former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, state Rep. Brandon Neu­man, Har­ris­burg City Coun­cil­man Brad Kopl­in­ski and Brad­ford County Com­mis­sion­er Mark Smith.

Stack, who dropped his bid for his party’s gubernat­ori­al nom­in­a­tion to run for lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor, had a fin­an­cial edge on the field, hav­ing car­ried over money from his Sen­ate and gov­ernor ac­counts. He also was lis­ted first on the bal­lot.

With more than three-quar­ters of the vote coun­ted, Stack had 48 per­cent, fol­lowed by Critz (17 per­cent), Smith (13 per­cent), Neu­man (11 per­cent) and Kopl­in­ski (11 per­cent).

2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict

In­cum­bent Tina Tartagli­one came out on top in a three-way race yes­ter­day, beat­ing back chal­lenges from Danny Sav­age, a ward lead­er from North­wood and a former city coun­cil­man, and To­mas Sanc­hez, hus­band of City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez.

The five-term in­cum­bent re­af­firmed her seat in em­phat­ic fash­ion as sup­port­ers were cheer­ing vic­tory by about 8:45 p.m. with 75 per­cent of the bal­lots coun­ted and Tartagli­one hold­ing about half the votes, lead­ing each chal­lenger by more than 20 points.

“The voters like the job I’m do­ing and they want to send me back for four more years,” Tartagli­one said. “They want to see me raise the min­im­um wage and pro­tect the lot­tery from the gov­ernor. There are so many things to get done, like edu­ca­tion fund­ing.”

The cam­paign saw a lit­any of dir­ect mail­ings in which Sav­age ac­cused the in­cum­bent of skip­ping hun­dreds of le­gis­lat­ive votes, while rais­ing her own pay and pen­sion be­ne­fits. Tartagli­one countered that she fought to sub­mit her Sen­ate votes re­motely while re­cov­er­ing from a de­bil­it­at­ing boat­ing ac­ci­dent that left her wheel­chair-bound.

Sav­age also cri­ti­cized Tartagli­one’s polit­ic­ally con­nec­ted fam­ily, in­clud­ing moth­er Marge Tartagli­one, the long­time city com­mis­sion­er who lost a re-elec­tion bid in 2011.

“When they bring my moth­er in, it’s per­son­al,” Tartagli­one said.

She cred­ited “team­work” for Tues­day’s vic­tory.

“I had a great or­gan­iz­a­tion on the ground, a great field team. I can­not ex­press how grate­ful I am to [or­gan­ized] labor,” said Tartagli­one, who is a dues pay­ing mem­ber of United Food and Com­mer­cial Work­ers Loc­al 1776, led by Pres­id­ent Wendell W. Young IV.

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

173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict 

Demo­crat­ic Rep. Mike McGee­han is not seek­ing an­oth­er term.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Mike Tom­lin­son.

Mike Driscoll took 63 per­cent of the vote to best Den­nis Kilderry (22 per­cent) and Paul DeFinis (16 per­cent) for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion.

“Thank you, North­east Philly,” he told sup­port­ers at FOP Lodge 5.

Driscoll cau­tioned against over­con­fid­ence head­ing to the gen­er­al elec­tion.

“We’ve got to win this in Novem­ber,” he said. “Mike Tom­lin­son is a good can­did­ate.”

Driscoll, a mar­ried fath­er of five from Tor­res­dale, had the back­ing of the Demo­crat­ic ward lead­ers, former Dis­trict At­tor­ney Lynne Ab­ra­ham and Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5. He is a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ad­min­is­trat­or for the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on. He formerly served as deputy sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of Gen­er­al Ser­vices in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gov. Bob Ca­sey.

Kilderry is an elec­ted of­fi­cial of In­su­lat­ors Uni­on Loc­al 14 and long­time com­mit­tee­man in the 55th Ward. He is the vo­lun­teer pres­id­ent of the ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee at Ta­cony’s Roosevelt Play-ground.

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

Chal­lenger Jason Dawkins seemed headed to­ward un­seat­ing first-term state Rep. James Clay for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion last night.

Ac­cord­ing to on­line vot­ing res­ults, voters sup­por­ted the former City Coun­cil aide over the fresh­man le­gis­lat­or, 2,133 to 2,053, with more than 96 per­cent of the vote coun­ted.

Dawkins, 30, had worked for City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez un­til he quit to run for of­fice this year.

Dawkins called the 80-vote mar­gin in a race that he ex­pec­ted to be tight “un­real close.” Still, he said he was go­ing to claim vic­tory.

Thom Neilson, Clay’s cam­paign man­ager, said he ex­pec­ted Dawkins’ lead would hold.

The dis­trict runs from lower May­fair through Wissi­nom­ing, Frank­ford, North­wood and Ox­ford Circle to Ol­ney and Felton­ville.

202nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict

Long­time state Rep. Mark Co­hen yes­ter­day beat back an ag­gress­ive chal­lenge from loc­al civic as­so­ci­ation lead­er Jared So­lomon to win the Demo­crat­ic Party’s nom­in­a­tion.

With more than 98 per­cent of the vote coun­ted last night, Co­hen, a Castor Gar­dens res­id­ent who has rep­res­en­ted the lower North­east dis­trict for 40 years, pulled 2,214 votes to So­lomon’s 2,053.

Co­hen said the race was closer than he ex­pec­ted it to be.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, So­lomon, founder and pres­id­ent of the Castor Gar­dens-based Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic group, said he wouldn’t take tax­pay­er-fun­ded per-diem re­im­burse­ments for per­son­al ex­penses for state busi­ness. This was a cri­ti­cism of Co­hen, who is usu­ally one of the state’s top law­makers in col­lect­ing per diems.

City Coun­cil at-large

Demo­crat Ed Neilson, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive from the North­east who was backed by his party and uni­ons, beat Re­pub­lic­an Matt Wolfe, a law­yer and ward lead­er from West Phil­adelphia, and Liber­tari­an Nikki Al­len Poe.

“I’m ex­cited. We have an­oth­er voice in Coun­cil to fight for the neigh­bor­hood,” he said upon ar­riv­ing at FOP Lodge 5.

Neilson took 79 per­cent of the vote, fol­lowed by Wolfe with 15 per­cent and Poe with 5 per­cent.

Bal­lot ques­tion

City voters re­jec­ted a pro­posed change that would have al­lowed city elec­ted of­fi­cials to re­main on the job while they seek a high­er of­fice. By a count of 54 per­cent to 46 per­cent, the meas­ure was fail­ing. ••

Re­port­ers Wil­li­am Kenny and John Loftus con­trib­uted to this re­port. 

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