Primary Election Results 2023

The primary election results page for the county is available here with links to their own results as well as the state ones. Turnout in DelCo is currently listed at 24.5% with 100% of precincts reporting. It felt like a very slow day at the polls and there were the fewest problems with the election equipment and procedures I’ve ever seen. In the top-line judicial race there were 55,000 Democratic votes vs. 36,000 Republican ones showing how blue Delco is moving even in a low turnout off-off-year election where Democrats traditionally struggle.

The headline result is that in the much watched special election in the 163rd state house seat (Upper Darby area), Heather Boyd has won by 20 points so Democrats retain their 1-vote margin in the state house.

In Philadelphia, Cherelle Parker won the crowded primary and is likely to become the first black woman (and first woman) to become Philadelphia Mayor. But it also marks a victory for the Philadelphia Democratic establishment and trade unions who backed Parker, so don’t look for any significant changes. Philadelphia also voted down a ballot initiative that’d loosen requirements on hiring for the police oversight board. In Pennsylvania its very rare for ballot initiatives to lose, so this is notable.

In Chester, reformer Stefan Roots defeated incumbent Thaddeus Kirkland to win the thankless job of trying to steer the troubled city out of bankruptcy. It won’t be easy. In the county-wide Court of Common Pleas race, Rachel Ezzell Berry defeated the cross-filed Dawn Getty Sutphin in the Democratic primary. Dawn Getty Sutphin was uncontested in the Republican primary, so there will be a rematch between the two this fall.

Here in Nether Providence, the only commissioner race where there were >10 write-ins for commissioner was in the 5th. But it appears those are for a mix of people, so the four Democrats running in the 1st (Max Cooper), 3rd (James Mason), 5th (Shaina Barnes) and 7th (Candice Carbone) will be unopposed in November. The situation is less clear for the school district where there were 55 write-ins in region 1 and 46 in region 2. I didn’t see anyone coordinating a write-in campaign. But, if at least 10 of those are for a single candidate, there may be a candidate on the ballot for the Republicans. It will be a few weeks before the write-ins are fully tallied and we know for sure. In region 3 (Swarthmore + Rutledge) there were only 12 write-ins on the Republican side, so likely Christine Dolle and Michelle Williams will be unchallenged in the fall election.

The most contested race involving Nether Providence was Magisterial District Judge 32-1-28 where Pat Hennigan mounted a write-in challenge after being removed from the ballot by the courts. There were 445 write-ins on the Democratic side vs. 3,845 votes for current Judge Liz Gallard. On the Republican side, Judge Gallard got 859 votes vs. 177 write-ins. So it appears the write-in campaign was unsuccessful and Judge Gallard will be both the Democratic and Republican candidate this fall.

The close-fought race for Media Borough council looks tight. The Media Democratic committee candidates were Lisa Gelman, Paul Robinson and Tray Herman. Lisa Gelman easily won with 738 votes, but Tray Herman received only 628 and Paul Robinson 611. The closest challenger had 601, so only a 10 vote margin. It could come down to provisionals and late-arriving military ballots potentially. Over in Swarthmore, the Democratic endorsed candidates more easily saw off a challenge from Neil J. Young by more than 2 to 1.

In the state-wide races, for Supreme Court Daniel McCaffery won the Democratic primary and Carolyn Carluccio the Republican. In the Superior Court, the Democrats are Timika Lane and Jill Beck. The Republican primary was uncontested so will be Maria Battista and Harry Smail. For Commonwealth Court, Democrats picked Matt Wolf and the Republicans picked Megan Martin. None of these contested primaries were particularly close, except for the Republican supreme court race, all were >10% point victories.

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