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%.
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.
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.