Municipal Election

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Williamsport residents voted to form a government study commission for the city on Tuesday. The commission will help the city decide if they will adopt a home rule charter.

Fifty-eight percent of the city's voters said “yes” to forming the commission and electing seven commissioners. The commission will look at the current form of government in Williamsport and recommend whether or not to adopt a home rule charter.

In Pennsylvania, home rule municipalities can govern themselves except where specifically limited by state laws. 

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(Harrisburg) -- Along with electing a number of judges Tuesday night, Pennsylvania voters agreed to a ballot measure that will amend the constitution to let municipalities stop charging property taxes.

It's a step forward in an ongoing fight to lower the commonwealth's controversial, high property tax rates.

But it's not likely to have a practical impact anytime soon.

Under previous constitutional language, local governments could only exempt up to 50 percent of their median home value from property taxes.

Now, they can technically exempt all homeowners.

A group of Dauphin County Democrats gathered in Harrisburg to watch election returns come in.
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(Harrisburg) -- Tuesday night saw some big wins for Democrats around the country--but Pennsylvania's elections were mostly lower-profile, and ended with more of a political mixed bag.

Onlookers in the commonwealth say they're already ahead looking to 2018.

The commonwealth's top-of-the-ticket race was for a term on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, between Republican interim justice Sallie Mundy and Democratic family court judge Dwayne Woodruff, who's also a former Pittsburgh Steeler.

Mundy, who outstripped Woodruff in fundraising and endorsements, won the seat.

In unofficial election results, Democratic candidate Don Hahn has won the State College mayor’s race with 54 percent of the vote. Michael Black ran on the Republican ticket, but he’s actually a Democrat as well. He got 33 percent of the vote. Ron Madrid, running as an Independent got 13 percent of the vote.

For judge of the court of common pleas in Centre County, Democrat Brian Marshall won with 54 percent of the vote over Republican Ron McGlaughlin.

Also on that court, Judge Pamela Ruest received a “yes” vote for retention with 80 percent “yes” votes.