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Schuylkill Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney Running for PA-125

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Current Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney appears ready to run for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

She dropped a hint on her plans in a Friday evening Facebook post on her personal brand Page.

gaffney for 125 announcement


And then underneath it, she scoops herself with the hashtag, #GaffneyForThe125th.

Santai-Gaffney Running for 125th

Gaffney looks to secure the Republican nomination to run for the the 125th District in Harrisburg.

gaffney for 125th

She’s the second recently elected Schuylkill County Courthouse official to make a run for this seat.

Just yesterday, current Schuylkill County Controller Christy Joy announced his bid for the Republican nomination in a statement released first to

Each of them are trying to win the seat that current State Rep. Mike Tobash is retiring from at the end of his term this year. Earlier this week, we first reported that Tobash would not seek re-election for the 125th District.

Both Santai-Gaffney and Joy figure to hold on to their jobs at Schuylkill County Courthouse through the course of the campaign, of course. They were just elected to new 4-year terms in November.

Republican Control of the 125th

No Democrats have come forward seeking the nomination for the 125th.

Republicans have been in the seat for the 125th for all but 4 years since 1989.

In 1989, Bob Allen first took office. He held that seat until 2006. Allen lost in the Republican Primary to then County Controller Gary Hornberger following the 2005 Pay Raise Scandal that shook up Harrisburg briefly.

Hornberger lost in the 2006 General Election to Democrat Tim Seip, who held the seat for a single term. Tobash has been in office since 2011.


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  1. Coalregion12

    January 24, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Pass the popcorn. This will be a no holds bar, drag out fight between Gaffney and Joy. Could tear the Skook Republicans down.

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