Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Harrisburg-a-palooza

With a new round of news on opposition to the casino, you have to wonder how long Don Barden will keep up the public front of congeniality with local leaders. But more on that later maybe....

The PG's ER blog yesterday mentions state Rep. Elisabeth Bennington in the news. You know it's election season since you see all of the many people up for reelection looking for ways to get into the news. She even had a letter to the editor in the PG recently. In district 21 her 2006 election against Frank Pistella came out per this map. Will Pistella run again? Or will there be another opponent out there. Rumors of a certain former police commander looking to run could make it a tough re-election campaign. A big factor will be if there is a split opposition as happened in dist 20.....

Speaking of which... Don Walko won Dist 20 in a split 3 way race. Will he have a single opponent this time around? This is the mayor's home district, you have to wonder who he supports. Last time around Walko's opponents split the vote which you can see in these maps for the support of Banahasky or Purcell. Will either, both or neither run again? Purcell some may recall ran previously for County Council District 1 where he lost to Matt Drozd in an extremely close (0.2% actually) race.

How about District 24. Joe Preston won last time, but Ed Gainey had some support and has been working down in the Mayor's office which has to help at building support. Anyway, those maps and others from the last general assembly cycle are on my map page.

Any other close races expected for the primary?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, not very long.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07345/840712-85.stm

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 1:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone should run against Paul Costa (D-Wilkins) - he's been in for nine years - can anyone name one thing he's accomplished?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 9:39:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

David Adams, candidate for City Council, d9, in the election on Nov 6, 2007, as a Indie -- is considering a run, as a D, vs. Joe Preston.

What will Ed Gainey do?

Thursday, December 13, 2007 7:34:00 AM  

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