Few primary contests in Chester County municipal races | New


Of the 17 townships and boroughs of northern Chester County in The Mercury coverage area, there are only five contested primaries for municipal office in the May 18 election.

In fact, according to the official list of candidates posted on the Chester County website, at least two municipalities do not even have enough candidates for the vacant seats on their district councils and supervisory boards.

In Spring City, there are five open borough council seats and only three candidates – two Democrats, Dawn Chellel and James Burns; and a Republican, Paul Kern – who registered with the county to run for council. One of the open seats carries a two-year term.

In North Coventry Township, there are two seats with six-year terms on the supervisory board for the November election, but so far only one Republican, Carrie Hipple, is on the ballot.

Two of the contested primaries take place in boroughs in northern Chester County, one a Democratic contest and the other a Republican.

In Phoenixville, incumbent Beth Burckley is being challenged for the Democratic nomination for Middle Ward’s seat on the borough council by Tracy Lee Tackett. No Republican has registered to run for the seat, which carries a four-year term.

In the borough of Honey Brook, there is a Republican primary in the mayoral race. Holder Christopher Mulhall is challenged by Maria R. Downey. No Democrat has registered to run for the mayor’s seat.

In the townships of northern Chester County, there are two Republican primaries and a Democratic primary.

In the township of East Vincent, there is a crowded competition for the control of the three members of the supervisory board. Board member John Funk, whose term expires in December, is not seeking re-election.

For a seat with a six-year term, incumbent Christopher Canale is challenged by Craig Damon to be the Republican nominee in November. The winner of the May 18 primary will face Democrat Endre Walls.

East Vincent’s board also has a seat with two years left of his tenure up for grabs. There is no main fight for this seat, but there will be a contest in November when Democrat Beth Flor takes on Republican Austin Hodge.

The other Republican primary is for the free seat on the board of three members of the Honey Brook Township Supervisory Board. There, titular Travis Stacey is challenged by Laura Burdy. There is no Democrat registered to run for this seat.

The election of a seat with a six-year term on the Schuylkill Canton Supervisory Board, made up of five members, gave rise to a Democratic primary competition.

Danielle Jouenne will face Michael A. Walker to be the Democratic candidate in the November ballot. Incumbent Tim McAvoy, who was appointed to end the term in February after the death of Fred Parry, did not register to run for re-election.

There are no Republican registered to run for the free seat on the Schuylkill Board of Directors.

For all other open seats, there’s either one candidate or one Democrat and one Republican, meaning those races will be decided by voters on November 2.

Some of these single-candidate races can become competitive in November if registered candidates are added during the primary, creating a general election.


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