February 2, 1992 |
Abington's Second Ward commissioner, Martin Laub, has been endorsed by the township's Republican Committee to run in the April primary to fill the 153d District state legislative seat left vacant by his third cousin, county Commissioner Jon D. Fox. Laub was endorsed Wednesday night with 56 of a possible 73 votes. Fox resigned his seat last month after he was elected county commissioner. Being related to the man he hopes to replace in Harrisburg won't be a drawback, Laub said, adding that he does not plan to ride on Fox's coattails.
February 5, 1988 |
Former state Rep. James D. Barber, an 18-year legislative veteran who lost his seat in 1986 to Vincent Hughes, who is 35 years his junior, said yesterday that he wants a rematch. City Democratic Chairman Robert A. Brady and other party leaders have been urging Barber not to take on Hughes for the sake of party unity, according to sources. Barber had been telling people in party circles that he had been wrestling with his decision. Yesterday, though, Barber was emphatic and to the point.
November 4, 1998 |
Republican Charles T. "Chuck" McIlhinney apparently won a squeaker in Bucks County's most closely contested race, leading the list of Republican incumbents who will keep their seats in the legislature. The election between McIlhinney and Democrat Henry Rowan was a rematch of February's special election in the Republican-dominated 143d House District and the culmination of almost a year of debate on how to control Bucks County's rapid growth. "It was a very close race, but we pulled it out in the end," McIlhinney said, addressing a cheering crowd at the GOP's Bucks County headquarters about 10 p.m. Aside from thanking his parents and supporters, McIlhinney, who won by about 200 votes in the final unofficial count, did not comment on what had become a rancorous race in recent weeks.
November 8, 1990 |
Republican State Rep. Roy W. Cornell has retained his six-term legislative seat in the 152d District, defeating Democratic challenger Dennis E. Kapustin by a 2-1 ratio. The district covers towns in both Bucks and Montgomery Counties, including most of Upper Southampton Township. Cornell, 46, said his victory reflected voter confidence in him. But he said that voter distress over incumbents, in general, had narrowed the 3-1 gap he enjoyed during elections four years ago. He was unopposed in 1988.
May 12, 1999 |
Last November, Anthony H. Williams won two elections on the same day. He was reelected to his state House seat and elected to the state Senate seat recently vacated by his father, Hardy Williams. The younger Williams opted to vacate his House seat and move up to the Senate. On Tuesday, voters in the 191st Legislative District, which covers parts of West and Southwest Philadelphia and Yeadon in Delaware County, will choose a new state representative in a special election. The winner will be sworn in as soon as the election results are certified and will serve the balance of Williams' unexpired term - until January 2001.
April 26, 2004 |
Three-term State Rep. Mary Ann Dailey of Lower Pottsgrove was a nursing professor before she was elected to represent Montgomery County's booming western end in 1998. As a Republican legislator and the first woman to represent the 146th Legislative District, Dailey, 55, focused on health care, helping create laws to prevent accidental needle sticks among health-care workers and to address medical errors. But now Dailey plans to return to teaching and will not seek reelection, leaving the primary field wide open in a district that stretches across Pottstown, Limerick, Royersford, part of New Hanover, and all of Upper, Lower and West Pottsgrove Townships.
February 18, 1988 |
Two Lower Merion residents have filed to run for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Richard McClatchy (R., Montgomery) after 20 years. Democrat Mark Newberger, of Penn Wynne, a Lower Merion commissioner, and Republican James Clark of Rosemont have filed to run for election in the 149th District, which consists of Upper Merion, Bridgeport and parts of Lower Merion. Newberger, 35, was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1985 and is chairman of the board's Assessments and Procedures Committee.
May 20, 2003 |
For State Sen. John J. Matheussen, yesterday's Senate session was much like those he has attended for the last 11 years. He presided over a committee he cochairs. He attended a closed-door caucus with fellow Republicans. He voted on bills and gave speeches from the Senate floor. But he wasn't supposed to be there. And some Republicans wished he hadn't come. More than a month after becoming chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, Matheussen (R., Gloucester)
October 27, 1994 |
Four years ago, a young lawyer named Michael Fitzpatrick challenged Democrat Anthony Melio, the longtime Bristol politician, for his legislative seat in the 141st District. Fitzpatrick lost by an 18 percent margin in a district that has a 2-to-1 Democratic-to-Republican registration. This year he's trying again. The one thing he has learned since losing the 1990 race, Fitzpatrick said, is that he has to work harder. "I didn't think that would be possible," he said Monday.
January 5, 2010 |
Yesterday, he attended his first meeting as a County Council member in Media, Delaware County. Today, he's due back in Harrisburg to talk table games. And though State Rep. Mario J. Civera Jr. said last year that he had no plans or desire to work both jobs, the Upper Darby Republican has not said when he will step down from the Capitol. "My intentions are to retire, but I'm not going to give a date," he said yesterday after his swearing-in as a Delaware County Council member.