Dems win, Westtown taxed

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Based on apparent results, Republicans won the sign count, but not the vote count.

While vote totals are not yet official, it appears at this point that incumbent state Rep. Craig Williams, R-160, was the only Republican to win a race in the general Chadds Ford area. Unofficial totals indicate he defeated Democratic Party challenger Cathy Spahr 14,734 to 12,203.

In the 158th Legislative District, incumbent Democrat Christine Sappey won reelection defeating former Kennett Square Mayor Leon Spencer 13,543 to 12,661.

A tax referendum in Westtown Township passed by almost a 2-1 margin. According to Chester County, the measure passed 3,450 to 1,745. The question asked voters whether they were in favor of increasing the earned income tax by 0.08 percent and increasing the property tax by 0.42 mils. The township has said the taxes are designed to help Westtown preserve Crebilly Farm as open space.

In statewide elections, the Associated Press called Democrat John Fetterman the winner in his race for U.S. Senate. AP said Fetterman, the former lieutenant governor, defeated Mehmet Oz by less than a 3 percent margin, 2,587,382 votes to 2,442,145.

Bloomberg. com has called the governor’s race in favor of former Attorney General Josh Shapiro. The Democrat defeated Republican Doug Mastriano by 2,862,252 votes to 2,199,592.

For U.S. House races, Bloomberg reported incumbent Democrats Mary Gay Scanlon and Chrissy Houlihan won reelection. Scanlon, representing Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, defeated Republican challenger Dave Galluch with 185,834 votes to 105,947. Houlihan topped Republican Guy Ciarrocchi 118,066 to 98,672 to keep her seat representing Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District.

Totals won’t be official until certified by voter services.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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