Posted by: wcdem2 | November 5, 2009

11/3/09 election congratulations, results & analysis

WC Dem committee and activists,

Thank you all for all your efforts leading up to yesterday!

Our WC Dem team won every municipal or precinct race in the Borough. Congratulations to our many Dem or Dem-supported winners! Barring any unexpected overturn in the official results, they are (and this is a lot of public-spirited people), multi-precinct first:

MAYOR WEST CHESTER BOROUGH CAROLYN COMITTA
MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE DISTRICT 15-1-04 9 = wards 1, 2, 4 GWENN S. KNAPP
CONSTABLE WEST CHESTER 2 E & W WRITE-IN (meaning CHRIS HAAS)

0810 WEST CHESTER 1
MEMBER OF COUNCIL HOLLY BROWN
CONSTABLE ANTHONY J. POLITO (D/R)
INSPECTOR OF ELECTIONS EILEEN C. BURTON

0820 WEST CHESTER 2-EAST
JUDGE OF ELECTIONS DARRYL MCLAIN
INSPECTOR OF ELECTIONS SHIRLEY D. PORTER

0825 WEST CHESTER 2-WEST
JUDGE OF ELECTIONS ROBERT W. HANIWALT
INSPECTOR OF ELECTIONS ANTHONY K. BOYER

0835 WEST CHESTER 3
MEMBER OF COUNCIL CHARLES A. CHRISTY
JUDGE OF ELECTIONS DAWN P. L’HEUREUX
INSPECTOR OF ELECTIONS SALLY A. CHRISTY

0842 WEST CHESTER 4
CONSTABLE WEST CHESTER 4 WRITE-IN (meaning CHRIS REAGOSO)
JUDGE OF ELECTIONS NANETTE S. O’DONNELL

0846 WEST CHESTER 5
MEMBER OF COUNCIL THOMAS P. PAXSON
JUDGE OF ELECTIONS MARY JANE ROGAN
INSPECTOR OF ELECTIONS JOHN GRUNER

0850 WEST CHESTER 6
JUDGE OF ELECTIONS ESTER RIEHL
INSPECTOR OF ELECTIONS KAREN FITTS

0860 WEST CHESTER 7
MEMBER OF COUNCIL JOHN MANION
JUDGE OF ELECTIONS GREGORY BONES
INSPECTOR OF ELECTIONS MARK RIMPLE

(not sure yet about write-ins for constable in wards 3, 5, and 6)

These good results aren’t surprising, since the only real competition was in ward 5 from Independent Dave Laleike for Borough Council.

The Dem countywide, judge, and school board candidates also won in the Borough, except that Judge Paula Ott, running as a R whom many of us know as a neighbor in ward 5, finished in the top 4 for Superior Court and also in the state, so congratulations also to Paula! Here are those numbers, from http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=13&ElectionID=33&OfficeID=9

COLVILLE, ROBERT J. (DEM)_______713,019___11.5%
MCCARTHY, KEVIN FRANCIS (DEM)__702,212___11.3%
LAZARUS, ANNE E. (DEM) _________714,531___11.5%
SARMINA, TERESA (DEM) _________678,515___10.9%
OLSON, JUDY (REP) ______________937,617___15.1%
MUNDY, SALLIE (REP) ____________855,008___13.7%
SMITH, TEMP (REP) ______________710,111___11.4%
OTT, PAULA (REP) _______________792,525___12.7%
ROGERS, MARAKAY J. (LIB) _______125,725____2.0%

Outside of West Chester results were unfortunate. Sad to say, it doesn’t seem to matter what the talented and hard-working Dem candidates do or say, the vote is about the same. And there were almost twice as many straight R votes as straight D in the County. (For us, 2E gets the prize, with 15 times as many straight D as straight R votes!)

See results by precinct at http://dsf.chesco.org/election/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=608191 and overall for larger-than-municipal offices at http://dsf.chesco.org/election/lib/election/results/cumf.htm

For County row offices, D’s only:

TREASURER: BARBARA KIPP STONE (DEM)........26,004...38.27%
CONTROLLER: JIM REILLY (DEM)...............27,635...39.78%
CLERK OF COURTS: MIKE MCGANN (DEM).........26,429...38.34%
CORONER: MEGAN LYNOTT (DEM)................26,968...38.96%
JURY COMMISSIONER: MARTHA S. SMITH (DEM)...27,286...39.74%

They all lost by around 15,000, except that Martha wins because there are 2 jury commissioners.

For SCHOOL DIRECTOR WEST CHESTER, D’s only

SUSAN SPELLMAN TIERNAN (DEM)...6,522...11.57%
SUSAN J. CARTY (DEM)...........6,329...11.23%
LISA R. SAMUEL (DEM)...........6,007...10.66%
DEBORAH L. LICZWEK (DEM).......5,902...10.47%

They all lost by about 1500. That is particularly painful for us and inimical to the public interest.

To me at least, the moral is clear: if voters were really looking at individuals, there would be bigger differences among them. In some cases, the least qualified R’s even seem to have done slightly better than those with more background!

Maybe it’s the case that results were unfortunate in West Chester as well, in the sense that our turnout was mostly pretty low. The percentages are hard to interpret, because we know that in this election probably few students voted, and there is a lot of turnout in registrations here. We all know many people that moved away long ago and are still on the list to vote here. Turnouts are higher in most other municipalities because their residents are more long-term. Anyhow, here are our unofficial figures:

1___23.61%
2E__12.25%
2W___8.76%
3____9.01%
4____8.29%
5___14.73%
6___15.54%
7___20.11%

So, congratulations as usual to wards 1 and 7 for the turnout prize!

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