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Moylan Turns Aside Detweiler in Coroner’s Race – GOP Dominates Night in Schuylkill County

schuylkill county election results 2019

schuylkill county election results 2019

It was the GOP’s night in Schuylkill County.

Voters made sure the row offices at Schuylkill County Courthouse stayed red. Very red.


In the marquee race, two-time incumbent Coroner David Moylan defeated Democrat challenger Deb Detweiler by about 10%.

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Moylan received 17,759 votes (55%), according to Schuylkill County’s unofficial final election results. Detweiler got 14,172 votes.

In a statement to The Canary out of the Moylan camp Tuesday night, he thanked the voters for their support in seeking a third term in office. He said he’s “grateful to the citizens of Schuylkill County for the confidence in him.”

Moylan says the office’s “main goal going forward is to help law enforcement with the opioid epidemic.”

Schuylkill County Republicans Sweep 2019 General Election

The other races for Courthouse jobs weren’t as close, really.

The County Commissioners make-up will be exactly the same. George Halcovage and Frank Staudenmeier got roughly the same number of votes and were the top two vote-getters in that race. They’ll be joined, once again, by Democrat Gary Hess, who finished about 3,000 votes behind the Republicans. Hess’ running name, Joe Palubinsky, finished about 3,000 votes behind Hess for the third Commissioners seat.

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The second-closest race of the night outside the Commissioners race was for Register of Wills. In that race, incumbent Theresa Gaffney defeated the popular Democrat challenger Joe Ferraro 18,751-12,956.

Another relatively close race was for Clerk of Courts but that really wasn’t very close. Incumbent Maria Casey topped Democrat Ron Pellish by a margin of 19,012 to 12,545.

Other big winners on the night were Linda Marchalk for County Treasurer. She beat Democrat Catherine Mahon by a near 2:1 margin. And Bridget Miller topped Mark Atkinson in the Prothonotary race, 20,309-11,178.

Incumbents Christy Joy (Controller) and Ann Dudish (Recorder of Deeds) clinched another term in office by winning races against no challenger from Democrats.

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  1. coalregion12

    November 6, 2019 at 10:14 am

    The question needs to be answered is it Democratic incompetence(bad candidates or campaigning) or Republican mastery(good candidates or better campaigning).
    There will be a lot of finger-pointing in Dems Circles.

    • insider

      November 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      Mindless voters who vote straight tickets.Glad it will not be on ballots anymore in PA.

      • admin

        November 6, 2019 at 5:34 pm

        About 9,000 voters used the straight-ticket option. That includes approximately 6,100 Republicans and 2,900 Democrats.

        • insider

          November 6, 2019 at 5:51 pm

          Can’t wait until it goes away.

          • admin

            November 6, 2019 at 7:13 pm

            Agree that it’s unnecessary. Don’t think it made the difference in this year’s races. Every party has its loyalists.

    • admin

      November 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      Support for the GOP must be at an all-time high right now in Schuylkill County.

      • coalregion12

        November 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

        support for the Dems at all-time low.

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