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Pennsylvania voting decides Superior Court seat, local races

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:53:50 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 05 2013 07:34:21 PM CST

Voters across Pennsylvania are heading for the polls to settle election contests for a multitude of local offices and judgeships, as well as an open state appeals court seat.

Pennsylvania's polls are now closed and the ballot counting is underway.

Spot checks at polling places revealed a light turnout Tuesday in an election featuring only one statewide race. That was the Superior Court contest between Harrisburg lawyer Vic Stabile, a Republican, against Democrat Jack McVay Jr., an Allegheny County judge,

Other closely watched races included mayoral contests in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, Lancaster and State College, as well as numerous races for local offices, school boards and county judgeships.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was seeking re-election in a race against independent candidate Michael Donovan, a former city councilman.

Also on the ballot were four state judges running unopposed for up-or-down votes on whether they deserve another 10-year term. They are state Supreme Court justices Ronald Castille and Max Baer and Superior Court judges Susan Gantman and Jack Panella.

Political observers had predicted a turnout as low as 20 percent, although election officials in Berks County reported turnout to be "really low" in Reading, where citywide voters cast their ballots for city council president. Incumbent Democrat Francis Acosta was challenged by Republican Vincent Rosato.

The surrounding municipalities saw turnout between 10 percent and 12 percent, officials said.