Unofficial Election Results Are In; Cantorna Tops DA Race & Hahn Mayor Race, But Write-Ins Loom

May 17, 2017

District attorney candidate Bernie Cantorna (left) and State College Borough mayoral candidate Don Hahn (right).

Unofficial election results are in from Tuesday’s municipal primary…


In the primaries for Superior Court, in both the Republican and Democratic primaries five candidates were competing for four spots. On the Democratic side, those four nominations will go to Maria McLaughlin, Carolyn Nichols, Deborah Kunselman and Geoffrey Moulton. On the Republican side, the four spots will go to Craig Stedman, Emil Giordano, Wade Kagarise and Mary Murray.

For judge of the commonwealth court, it appears that Democrats Ellen Ceisler and Irene Clark have emerged from a crowded and close race to go up against Republicans Paul Lalley and Christine Fizzano Cannon, who ran unopposed.

The primaries for an opening on the state Supreme Court were uncontested. Republican Sallie Mundy will face Democrat Dwayne Woodruff in the fall.


In the Centre County District Attorney’s race, there were two Democrats running and no Republicans. Bernie Cantorna beat incumbent Stacy Parks Miller with 69 percent of the vote . Thanks to write-in campaigns by both candidates, there are 4,568 Republican write-in votes. A successful write-in for Centre County district attorney only needs 250 votes and to be the top vote-getter. It might take some time for those to be tallied up to see if there will be a rematch in the general election.

For Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Centre County, both candidates were cross-filed. Brian Marshall won on the Democratic side and Ronald McGlaughlin on the Republican side. They'll be up against each other again in the fall. 

In a crowded race for District Judge in Centre County, Casey McClain won on the Democratic side. He’ll go up against Dave White on the Republican side.

In the State College Borough mayor’s race, Don Hahn came out on top with 44 percent of the vote in the four-way competition. Hahn was endorsed by current Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, who decided not to run for reelection. There are 312 Republican write-ins, so there could be a general election race. A successful write-in for State College mayor only needs 10 votes and to be the top vote-getter.

For the State College Borough Council, Evan Myers, Theresa Lafer and Dan Murphy got the most votes on the Democratic side. They’ll be up against Republicans Richard Fitzgerald and Lynn Herman in the Fall.

The candidates for director of the State College Area School District were all cross-filed. For both parties the top four candidates are David Hutchinson, Jim Leous, Lori Bedell and Scott Fozard. There are four spots available, so they will all be returning or added to the board in the fall.


For district judge spots in Blair County, Meghan Farrell Irwin on the Democratic side will face Ben Jones on the Republican side. Daniel DeAntonio won on both the Republican and Democratic sides, so he’s won that position. And Derek Elensky (D) will face Andrew Blattenberger (R).

The Blair County District Attorney’s race had only two Republicans running. Incumbent Richard Consiglio beat out challenger Robert Donaldson with 66 percent of the vote.

In a close race for Altoona City Council the top four Republican vote-getters are Bruce Kelley, Matt Cacciotti, David Butterbaugh Jr., and Christie Jordan. Natalie Barlick-Reed was the only Democrat running. The five candidates will run for four positions in the fall.