Dean wins Demo­cratic nod in new 4th Dis­trict

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

State Rep. Madeleine Dean leaped to an early lead in the Demo­cratic pri­mary for the newly cre­ated 4th Con­gres­sional dis­trict and never looked back, sweep­ing the three-way race and gear­ing up as the fa­vorite to win the seat in Novem­ber.

Just af­ter 10 p.m. May 8, when The As­so­ci­ated Press called the race for Dean, un­of­fi­cial Mont­gomery County elec­tion re­sults had her with a whop­ping 73 per­cent of the vote, with nearly 74 per­cent of the precincts re­port­ing.

As of 10 p.m., Dean had col­lected 32,658 votes to 6,786 for her near­est op­po­nent Shira Good­man and 4,929 for Joe Ho­ef­fel, a for­mer Con­gress­man try­ing to re­turn to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., again.

Dean will face off against Re­pub­li­can Daniel David, 49, a Skip­pack busi­ness­man who was un­op­posed in GOP pri­mary.

David is co-founder of GeoIn­vest­ing, a fi­nan­cial re­search firm who gained na­tional at­ten­tion spot­light­ing a $15 bil­lion scam in U.S. fi­nan­cial mar­kets.

He is fea­tured in the new Mag­no­lia Pic­tures doc­u­men­tary, “The China Hus­tle.” Al­though David was un­op­posed, he still had earned 10,000 votes less than Dean did in a con­tested pri­mary, ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial re­sults.

The newly cre­ated 4th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict in­cludes most of Mont­gomery County and a small por­tion of Berks County. Democrats hold the ad­van­tage in the dis­trict based on reg­is­tered vot­ers.

Dean, 58, is a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 153rd Dis­trict, which in­cludes Abing­ton and was first elected to serve in the Gen­eral assem­bly in 2012 in a spe­cial elec­tion.

Dean was ap­pointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to sit on the Penn­syl­va­nia Com­mis­sion for Women. Dean is also the chair­woman of the House Demo­cratic South­east Del­e­ga­tion and co-chair of the gun safety group PA Safe Cau­cus.

She spent heav­ily on tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tis­ing in the Philadel­phia mar­ket and it paid off with a pri­mary elec­tion win.

Good­man, 47, is the for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Cease­Fire PA, an anti-gun vi­o­lence ad­vo­cacy group.

She is an at­tor­ney who spent years lob­by­ing for changes in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem with an ad­vo­cacy group called Penn­syl­va­ni­ans for Mod­ern Courts, and led Cease­Fire PA since 2012.

Ho­ef­fel, 67, is an at­tor­ney and for­mer con­gress­man, rep­re­sent­ing the for­mer 13th Dis­trict from 1999 to 2005. Ho­ef­fel did not seek re-elec­tion to the U.S. House so he could chal­lenge then-U.S. Arlen Specter but Ho­ef­fel lost that race.

In 2007, Ho­ef­fel was elected as a Mont­gomery County com­mis­sioner, a post he had held prior to serv­ing in Congress.

A for­mer mem­ber of the Penn­syl­va­nia Leg­is­la­ture from 1977 to 1985, Ho­ef­fel has also run, un­suc­cess­fully, for Penn­syl­va­nia gov­er­nor and lieu­tenant gov­er­nor.

6th Dis­trict

In the dis­trict once held by for­mer U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, who did not seek re-elec­tion, Demo­crat Chrissy Houli­han won an un­con­tested Demo­cratic pri­mary.

She will face Re­pub­li­can Greg McCauley, who was also un­op­posed.

The 6th Dis­trict in­cludes all of Ch­ester County and most of south­ern Berks County and the City of Read­ing.

9th Dis­trict

Things were a big more com­pli­cated in the 9th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict where three Re­pub­li­cans and three Democrats were run­ning for their re­spec­tive party nom­i­na­tions.

The sprawl­ing dis­trict has parts of seven coun­ties, in­clud­ing most of Berks County.

The win­ner of the GOP pri­mary was Luzerne County busi­ness­man Dan Meuser, al­though Berks County vot­ers pre­ferred an­other can­di­date.

With 92 per­cent of the precincts re­port­ing, Meuser re­ceived 23,640 votes. Ge­orge Hal­co­v­age was sec­ond with 11,523 and Scott Uehlinger was in third with 10,949 votes.

Ac­cord­ing to the un­of­fi­cial re­sults in Berks County with 91 out of 92 precincts re­port­ing, on the Re­pub­li­can line, Uehlinger won the most Berks County votes with 5,843. Meuser, who served as Sec­re­tary of Rev­enue un­der Gov. Tom Cor­bett, was sec­ond with 3,775, fol­lowed by Hal­co­v­age of Schuylkill County, with 1,498.

In the Demo­cratic pri­mary, with 93 per­cent of the precincts re­port­ing, Denny Wolff of Columbia County was lead­ing the race with 9,683 votes, fol­lowed by Gary Weg­man of Berks County withy 7,933 votes, and Laura Quick of Le­banon County trail­ing with 7,214 votes. Weg­man won his home county with 4,304 votes, fol­lowed by Quick with 1,771 and Wolff with 1,265.

Madeleine Dean

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