After 140 years of Republican control in Montgomery County row offices, the Democrats are back. Democrats Josh Shapiro (88,441) and Leslie Richards (86,460) have claimed the majority of the three commissioners’ seats. They will be joined by Republican incumbent Bruce Castor (77,114) who bested his running mate, Jenny Brown (75,438).
The Democrats hold a 35,963 edge (245,500 to 209,537) over Republicans who once dominated the “key to the Keystone state.”
With a little over 32 percent of the registered voters casting their ballots in Montgomery County, the Democrats also jumped to victory in five of nine row offices.
Democrat Ann Thornberg Weiss (83,623) topped Republican Moon Ahn (72,553) for Clerk of Courts; Democrat Mark Levy bested Republican William Donnelly (75,610) for Prothonotary; the race for Register of Wills saw Democrat D. Bruce Hanes (79,240) beat out Republican Patricia Mosesso (75,506); and Democrat Jason Salus (78,968) topped Republican Chuck Willson (76,427) for Treasurer.
In a tight race, Democrat Walter Hofman (78,506) eked out a victory over Republican Gordon Clement (78,293) for Coroner.
Republicans returned incumbent District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who ran unopposed for the position. Republican Steward Greenleaf Jr. (80,471) topped Democrat Diane Morgan (78,359) for Controller; Republican Nancy Becker (78,817) bested Democrat Linda Hee (77,304) for Recorder of Deeds; and Republican incumbent Eileen Whalon Behr (79,794) won over Democrat William Holt, Jr. (78,123) for Sheriff.
In the race to fill five positions on the Upper Perkiomen School Board, Republicans Jeff Feirick (2,612), Margie Kay Gehlhaus (2,553), William Scott (1,729), Catherine Fenley (1,642) and Raeann Hofkin (1,574) topped Democrats Dr. Kerry Drake (1,338) and Crystal Fisher (1,295).
The race for the Marlborough Township supervisor seat saw Charlie Walter (399), running on the Democratic ticket, besting Republican Carl Ascoli (367).
In Upper Hanover Township, the race to fill two supervisor positions had Republicans Dottie Diehl (658) and Steven Rothenberger (656) topping the Democratic ticket of Leon Edelman (539) and Stefan Laessig (514).
Republican Christopher Canavan (1,533) topped Democrat Nathaniel Webster for the seat on the Lower Salford board of supervisors.
In Hereford Township, Berks County, the township supervisor’s race had former supervisor, Republican Keith Masemore (364) regaining the seat over Democrat Karen Kearns (179).
Nearby in Bucks County, incumbent Republican Robert Mansfield (813) defeated Democrat Scott Hendricks (504) for another six-year term as Milford Township supervisor.
All ballot counts are unofficial until verified.