Oh, what could have been.
Republican Sandra Stewart wasn’t surprised that Democrat Bobby Henon cruised to victory last week in the 6th Councilmanic District race.
After more than three decades in Harrisburg, Dennis O’Brien will be a city councilman in January.
The state Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved a preliminary plan last week that doesn’t make many changes to local Senate districts, but does dramatically alter several area districts in the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, 11 candidates will be vying for seven City Council at-large seats.
There will be at least six new members of City Council, and one of those newcomers will represent the 6th Councilmanic District beginning in January.
Four years ago, Republican City Councilman Brian O’Neill faced a fairly stiff challenge from Democrat Sean McAleer, but the incumbent rolled to re-election with 58 percent of the vote despite Michael Nutter’s strength at the top of the ticket.
The three-member city elections commissioners’ panel will have at least one new face because nine-term incumbent Democratic chairwoman Marge Tartaglione was defeated in the primary.
City Councilman Brian O’Neill has easily won re-election every four years since narrowly unseating Democrat Melvin Greenberg in 1979, but he faces an aggressive opponent in a district that is just one-third Republican.