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Pennsylvania, Centre County, And State College Election Results

You can finally take your endorsement signs out of the ground, because Election Day is over (well, maybe you can leave one).

As far as State College residents are concerned, it was a big day for the the Democrats — they practically swept the Borough Council and County Commissioners races. Other than that, there were no crazy victory margins to speak of. Here are the results:

State College Borough Council

There were five candidates running for four open spots on the Borough Council, meaning basically that one person was odd-man-out and drew the short stick. That ended up being lone Republican Ron Madrid, who, after losing the mayoral race to Elizabeth Goreham in 2013, only received a decisive 12.91 percent of the vote. The council elects are, in order:

  • David Brown (D) — 2,267 votes, 22.62%
  • Catherine Dauler (D/R) — 2,264 votes, 22.59%
  • Jesse Barlow (D) — 2,143 votes, 21.38%
  • Janet Engeman (D) — 2,055 votes, 20.50%

County Commissioners

Michael Pipe, a 2009 Penn State graduate, decisively took the first of three open positions amidst five hopefuls. Incumbent Chris Exarchos was not re-elected, and Independent Todd Kristen couldn’t crack the top three (or four, he took a decisive fifth place). The three elects, listed below, are in for a are in for a busy term.

  • Michael Pipe (D, incumbent) — 14,975 votes, 27.17%
  • Mark Higgins (D) — 12,887 votes, 23.38%
  • Steve Dershem (R, incumbent) — 12,622 votes, 22.90%

Court of Common Pleas Judge

Democrat Katie Oliver won over Republican Ron McGlaughlin, receiving 14,794 (52.67%) of the votes to McGlaughlin’s 13,295 (47.33%). Oliver will take over for longtime Common Pleas Judge Bradley Lunsford, who is retiring but also stepping down amid allegations.

Everyone Else

A little less relevant to our readers, but victories all the same. Here’s the rest of the winners.

Sheriff: Brian Sampsel (R) defeated Matthew Rickard (D), 55.72% to 44.28%

Recorder of Deeds: Joseph Davidson (R) defeated Georgiann Bennett (D), 55.22% to 44.78%

Register of Wills: Christine Millinder (R) defeated Amanda McCartney (D), 57.36% to 42.64%

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices: three Democrats took all three of the open seats out of seven contenders. Republican Anne Covey placed sixth, receiving only 13.55 percent of the votes. Here’s the top Justice-elects:

  • Kevin Dougherty (D) — 1,014,953 votes, 18.58%
  • David Wecht (D) — 1,009,066 votes, 18.47%
  • Christine Donohue (D) — 994,483 votes, 18.20%

Superior Court Judge: Alice Dubow (D) defeated Emil Giordano (R), 53.57% to 46.43%

Commonwealth Court Judge: Michael Wojcik (D) defeated Paul Lalley (R), 53.06% to 46.94%

Also worth noting, current Alumni Association President Kevin Steele won the race for Montgomery Count District Attorney.

About the Author

Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


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