Friday, May 13, 2005

Not everything in May is a primary

For those who live in the state Senate region previously represented by Allyson Schwartz (Abington and Cheltenham Townships in Montgomery County and part of Northeast Philadelphia), May 17 will bring the real general election to fill that seat. Because both Democrat and Republican will appear on the otherwise-single-ticket primary ballots, voter confusion and name recognition can sometimes outweigh party affiliation or candidate agenda in races such as this. If you live in that area, be sure that you know which of the candidates -- LeAnna Washington (D) or Ron Holt (R) -- you intend to choose.

The Inquirer article offers these tidbits as a start:
Holt said he strongly supports limiting awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice suits to make health care more affordable. He said district residents were worried about crime, and that he liked the approach being advocated by Seth Williams, who is challenging Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham in the primary.

Washington, a high-school dropout and one-time welfare recipient who went on to earn a master's degree, said she planned to stress education, economic development and advocacy for children - many of the same issues she has worked on while representing the 200th state House district.
Be on the lookout for more information in the next four days!

Update: the Inky also offers a list of County Boards of Elections, if you are uncertain of where to vote or need other info.


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