Kevin Schreiber, a Democrat who was elected to the state House on Tuesday, said he has learned he will be sworn into office on June 4 at 11 a.m. in Harrisburg.
The special election was held in conjunction with the primary, and it was open to all registered voters in the 95th Legislative District, which is made up of York, West York, North York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township.
The contest was necessary because former state Rep. Eugene DePasquale was elected state auditor general in November.
York County businessman Tom Wolf is one of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates who will participate in a forum June 5 in Harrisburg, according to an event organizer.
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, president of Harrisburg Hope, which describes itself as a grassroots, community group, said Wolf is one of four candidates who has confirmed, as of Thursday.
The forum will begin at 6 p.m. at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. The event is open to the public, and Kennedy-Shaffer said audience members will have the chance to ask questions directly.
Republican Bryan Tate lost to Kevin Schreiber in the 95th state House special election.
Here’s a message that was posted on his campaign Facebook page Wednesday:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
While yesterday was not the outcome we wanted, I want to say thank you to everyone who played a roll on the Tate For PA team! Your enthusiasm and support has been outstanding, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As I said in my comments last night, I LOVE YORK! This campaign was about all of us wanting the best for York, and I will continue to play my role in advancing this community, and our state, toward a great future that includes all people, all parties, and all ideologies.
State Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, will host a town hall meeting on May 30 at 7 p.m. at Warrington Township’s municipal building, 3345 Rosstown Road, according to a news release.
No RSVP is necessary for the event, and it is free to the public. Grove will host one more town hall meeting this spring on June 6 in Spring Grove. For more information, visit www.RepGrove.com.
Brandie Kessler was reporting from York County Democratic Party’s headquarters in York Tuesday evening. Here’s a story about Democrat Kevin Schreiber, celebrating his 95th state House win.
One of his supporters and a volunteer on his campaign, Patricia Ayers, said she told Schreiber to get some sneakers.
“This is a lot of concrete, and he had to do a lot of walking.”
But Schreiber didn’t trade in his oxfords for sneakers; instead he wore them to knock on 7,000 doors.
He showed the crowd the bottom of those shoes outside of Democratic headquarters Tuesday night.
“They’re my lucky shoes,” he said.
Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn called the Democratic victories in special elections on Tuesday — by Dan Miller in Allegheny County and Kevin Schreiber in York County — a referendum on Gov. Tom Corbett.
A PoliticsPA article said both districts were safe for Democrats.
Bob Wilson, chairman of the York County Republican Committee, said Republicans were behind in voter registration by a ratio of 3 to 1 in the 95th Legislative District, which is made up of York, West York, North York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township.
“We had a great candidate in Bryan Tate. It was an honor to have him represent the Republican Part,” Wilson said. “… We had the Democrats up against the ropes.”
Wilson said voters in Spring Garden Township didn’t come out as heavily as Republicans had hoped, and that Democrats probably had a better get out the vote program for the district.
But he said Tate had a strong showing, and he thinks it sends a message that Republicans are going to contest elections for the city.
“Eventually, we intend to win,” Wilson said.
Mike Argento was reporting on primary day. Here’s an anecdote from him:
I ran into Phil Avillo on primary day. Avillo, a York College professor and decorated Marine vet of Vietnam, was working the polls for Ellen Freireich in her bid for the York Suburban School Board.
Avillo said he ran into now-retired U.S. Rep. Todd Platts at a kids’ lacrosse game. Avillo coaches his kid’s team and Platts was there coaching his kid’s team. Avillo, a Democrat, ran against Platts twice, losing both times.
In December 2011, state Sen. Mike Waugh, R-Shrewsbury Township, recommended that Gov. Tom Corbett appoint Michael Flannelly to fill a vacancy on the York County Court of Common Pleas.
“He is held in high regard by everyone I talked to,” Waugh said at the time. “It was pretty amazing. I’m comfortable with my choice.”
Corbett took Waugh’s advice, and the state Senate in June 2012 unanimously confirmed Flannelly to the seat left vacant by the unexpected death of Judge Chuck Patterson.
But now — as Flannelly is seeking to win election to that seat — Waugh is publicly supporting Flannelly’s opponent, Todd Platts. A letter co-signed by Waugh went out to targeted voters this week.
So what happened?
I have a story about how state Sen. Mike Waugh, R-Shrewsbury Township, is supporting Todd Platts instead of Michael Flannelly in the York County Court of Common Pleas race.
You can read the letter of support, after the jump:
I wrote about how the county is preparing for the possibility of selling the Marketway West building by hiring an outside appraiser.
After the jump, you can view that agreement: