The 2018 Primary Election is upon us. Tuesday May 12, 2018 is the date. Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. You’re going to vote, right?
In primary elections registered Republicans vote for Republican candidates and registered Democrats will vote Democrat candidates. Independents are unable to vote in the primary.
The most notable race is between incumbent, Congressman (R) Tom Marino and his challenger Doug McLinko of Bradford county. What makes this race so interesting is the 60 Minutes/Washington Post exposé of the legislation that Marino sponsored that made DEA investigations of large drug pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers more difficult to pursue. The large companies allegedly oversold medications and fueled the Opioid epidemic. At one point Marino was being considered to be Trump’s drug czar but he withdrew his name citing personal reasons. And due to the successful legal challenges in court against gerrymandering, Marino’s old 10th Congressional District has been changed to the new 12th Congressional District. Will the Republicans re-elect Marino? (If you live in Williamsport you now live in the new 12th district.)
In other news, Congressman (R) Lou Barletta is running for US Senator. His challenger is Jim Christiana.
On the Democrat side, Senator (D) Bob Casey and Governor (D) Tom Wolf are up for re-election and are running unopposed in the primary.
Two Democrats, Marc Friedenburg and Judy Hershel, are jockeying for Marino’s seat come November.
And newcomer Airneezer Paige is running for State Representative, 83rd District seat. She lives in South Williamsport and is very active in community affairs and has hosted the radio show, Community Connections on WXPI Radio 88.9 FM.