Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Schuylkill County News

Primary Day Signals End to Brutal GOP Commissioner Race

The mailers finally stop (for now) …

It feels like the race for the two Republican nominations for Schuylkill County Commissioner has been going on for several years.

In a lot of ways, it has.

But today, voters across Schuylkill County finally get their say as they head to the polls to cast their votes in this hotly contested race.

A total of 8 Republicans are vying for just 2 nominations awarded after today’s vote. That includes the 2 incumbent candidates: Boots Hetherington and George Halcovage.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Since 2020, both incumbents have come under varying degrees of criticism and public backlash. That’s led to the crowded field of 8 candidates, 6 of whom believe they can do a better job as County Commissioner than the current set.

Those contenders include:

  • Maria Casey
  • Larry Padora
  • Jeff Dunkel
  • Mary Jo Moss
  • Ray Jones
  • Dan Evans

You can follow along with the latest updates throughout Election Day by following our live post with any breaking news and other takes all day and night.

Aside from that race, there are several other votes we’re closely monitoring throughout the day and night.

Court of Common Pleas: Bill Burke and Mike O’Pake have cross-filed for a spot on the Court bench. A sweep by either candidate paves their way to a likely victory in November’s General Election.

School boards: Voters in the following school districts also have big choices on their hands today as they’ll pick school directors that will represent each party in November. Here are the races that have more candidates than nominations available:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
  • Blue Mountain
  • Minersville Area
  • North Schuylkill
  • Pottsville Area
  • Tamaqua Area

Municipal races: There are way too many empty ballots for people in Schuylkill County, especially when it comes to offices for borough council, township supervisor, and other key roles in local government.

However, there are several contested races on ballots in the county. Here’s where voters have a choice to make today:

  • Butler Township
  • Cass Township
  • Deer Lake
  • East Union Township
  • Mahanoy City
  • New Philadelphia
  • Rush Township
  • Schuylkill Haven
  • Shenandoah
  • St. Clair
  • Tremont Township
  • West Mahanoy Township

Need to know where to vote? Check out our Polling Location locator.



Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From The Canary

PA Lottery Numbers

Wednesday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Monday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Sunday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Thursday's winning numbers

Local Sports

Here is a weekly update on coal region natives in pro baseball.

Schuylkill County News

Last seen leaving his home at 5:30 a.m. Sunday

Minersville News

Police have not released the name of the victim.

Pottsville News

A food truck would have a hard time replacing this atmosphere.

Schuylkill County Police News

The truck certainly has some unique characteristics.