Waste-hauling millionaire also Warren County’s GOP Gov. pick

AP Photo Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor Scott Wagner arrives at a polling station Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Springfield, Pa. Republican voters are deciding between three candidates to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is uncontested in his primary to seek a second term in November.

If Warren County Republican voters get their wish, Scott Wagner will be challenging Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania’s governorship in this fall’s general election.

Wagner took 66 percent of Republican votes in Warren County during Tuesday’s primary election.

Wagner’s running mate, Jeff Bartos, was also tapped by Warren County Republicans as the party’s lieutenant governor candidate.

Wagner’s 2,012 votes defeated challengers Paul Mango, who finished with 643 votes, and Laura Ellsworth’s 386 votes.

Bartos took 1,372 or 48 percent of the county’s votes, followed by Kathy Coder (789 votes), Peg Luksik (397 votes) and Diana Vaughan (274 votes).

While Wolf was unopposed for the Democrats’ nomination for governor, five candidates were up for lieutenant governor.

Mike Stack, who is the current lieutenant governor and whose relationship with Wolf has soured, was one of the five.

And received just nine percent of the vote.

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman was the leading vote-getter among Warren County Democrats with 593 votes, good for 50 percent of the total.

Kathi Cozzone came in second with 304 votes while Nina Ahmad (10 percent) and Raymond Sosa (5 percent) rounded out the field.

In contested federal offices, Congressman and Trump-backed candidate Lou Barletta edged out Jim Christiana 51 to 49 percent or 1,427 votes to 1,367 votes in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Seeking to challenge Congressman Glenn Thompson on the Democratic side in the newly-minted 15th Congressional District were Democrats Susan Boser and Wade Jodun.

Boser won Warren County 76 percent to 24 percent, 906 votes to 281 votes.

Seeking their parties nominations unopposed included Thompson, Democratic senior Senator Bob Casey, State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-65) as well as two candidates for the 50th Senate District – Republican Michele Brooks and Democrat Sue Mulvey.

County Commissioners Jeff Eggleston and Cindy Morrison were elected to seats on the Democratic and Republican county committees, respectively while Ash Khare and Heidi Palmer-Villella were both elected to the state GOP committee.

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