WILLIAMSPORT - Attorneys Joy R. McCoy, 42, and Marc F. Lovecchio, 50, secured their major political party nominations Tuesday to become the newest two Lycoming County judges in the fall, according to the unofficial election results.
McCoy received 6,981 Republican votes and 3,338 Democratic votes.
Lovecchio received 5,537 Republican votes and 3,450 Democratic votes, according to Voter Services' unofficial count.
If they win in November, they will replace Judges William S. Kieser, who has retired from full-time service, and Judge Kenneth D. Brown, who is not seeking retention.
It is the first time in the county that there have been two positions open on the bench during the same election, McCoy said as she celebrated at her Cogan Station home with supporters and friends of her campaign.
"I am very happy and thankful for all the people who helped me get to this point today," she said. "We're with them right now ... I am glad the public elected me and put (their) confidence in me. I believe Marc Lovecchio and I are going to do a great job for the citizens of Lycoming County."
Lovecchio celebrated the nomination at his city home.
"I am humbled by the support of everyone and the citizens who have that much faith and trust in me," he said. "Hopefully, I can fulfill that commitment and do as good a job that reflects their faith in me."
Judicial campaign challengers Joseph "Joe" Orso III, a city resident who ran on a campaign to expand the existing drug court because he said the city faces a "drug crisis," received 2,762 Republican votes and 1,778 Democratic votes, according to the unofficial tally. Scott T. Williams of Loyalsock Township garnered 3,689 Republican votes and 1,337 Democratic votes, the unofficial results indicate.
There were 28 write-in votes for the judicial candidates.
Republican nominee Mark R. Lusk will face Hugh Edward McGee, the lone Democrat for Lycoming County sheriff in the fall, according to unofficial primary election results from Voter Services.
Lusk, 50, of Jersey Shore, a chief deputy coroner and former Old Lycoming Township police chief, unofficially garnered 6,268 Republican votes. Donald L Cohick Jr., county director of Veterans Affairs, unofficially received 4,587 Republican votes.
Sheriff Charles T. Brewer is retiring after nearly a quarter century of service as sheriff.
The Republican nominee celebrated at a cafe on West Fourth Street.
"We are pleased with the results," Lusk said. "It was a very decisive win. Our support was tremendous throughout the county and the campaign team worked very hard to send a message that was very clearly received."
McGee received 3,790 Democratic votes.
There were 616 Democratic write-in votes and 21 Republican write-in votes.
"I don't see anywhere where the law defines the limits of the duties, authority and responsibility of sheriffs in the state," McGee said, looking forward to the general election run-off with Lusk.
"Getting state representatives' help on that question is important," McGee said.
Meanwhile, in another race involving law enforcement personnel, District Judge James H. Sortman retained his seat, soundly defeating newcomer Celia Jo Hufnagle.
Sortman garnered 1,576 Republican votes and 571 Democratic votes.
Hufnagle tallied 469 Republican votes and 357 Democratic votes.
Sortman continues to be magistrate for DuBoistown, Loyalsock Township's 3rd Precinct, Old Lycoming Township's 1st and 2nd Wards, and the townships of Armstrong, Cogan House, Hepburn, Jackson, Lewis, Lycoming, McIntyre, McNett and Susquehanna.
Also running unopposed on the Democrat and Republican ticket, unopposed for district magistrate, was District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, whose jurisdiction encompasses 13 townships and two boroughs: Jersey Shore and Salladasburg boroughs and Anthony, Brown, Bastress, Cummings, Porter, Nippenose, Piatt, Mifflin, Limestone, Watson, Woodward, McHenry and Pine townships. Lepley had 1,397 Republican votes and 596 Democratic votes and two write-ins.
District Judge James G. Carn also cross-filed and ran unopposed. He covers the city of Williamsport from about Hepburn Street west to the border with Woodward Township. Carn received 596 Republican votes and 516 Democratic votes with five write-ins.
In the Democratic jury commissioner, Jessie L. Bloom received 2,925 votes and Donald W. Houser got 2,250 votes, with 18 write-ins.
On the Republican side for jury commissioner, unofficial vote tallies gave Frank Lupacchino, 3,566; Andrew C. Follmer II, 3,179; and James W. Myers, 3,125. There also were eight write-in votes.