Eyes on Democrat governor balloting

Another election day is upon us.

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. for the primary election and will remain open until 8 p.m.

With no local races on the ballot, any intrigue is centered around the Democratic primary for governor, as Democratic voters decide who will look to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Corbett in November.

The Democratic candidates are Tom Wolf, Rob McCord, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz.

The Democratic ballot also features five candidates for lieutenant governor Mike Stack, Mark Critz, Mark Smith, Brandon Neuman and Brad Koplinski.

Current Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley is running unopposed on the Republican side.

There is also a race on the Democratic side for the opportunity to challenge U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, who is unopposed within the Republican Party in the fall. Thomas Tarantella, from Clinton County, and Kerith Strano Taylor, from Jefferson County, are seeking the Democratic nomination.

As a result of redistricting, four townships in Warren County Columbus, Spring Creek, Eldred and Southwest will be represented in the 50th District of the State Senate. On the Democratic side, Michael Muha of Mercer County is running unopposed in the primary for that office while Jane McPherson (Mercer), Greg Lucas (Erie) and Michelle Brooks (Mercer) are all seeking the Republican nomination.

For state representative, incumbent Kathy Rapp on the Republican side and Toby Anderson on the Democratic ledger will run opposed and meet head-to-head in the fall.

While Pennsylvania is a closed primary state, meaning that only political party members are eligible to vote in their party’s primary, all voters in Spring Creek Township can head to the polls for a referendum question that will ask, “Do you favor the issuance of licenses to conduct small games of chance in the township of Spring Creek, County of Warren, Pennsylvania?”