Candidates vie for seats with new boundaries
LOCK HAVEN– Barring any withdraws or newcomers, two Democratic candidates will face off for a shot at the state representative seat in the 76th District.
Incumbent Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton/Union) will also be on the ballot. As of late last week, she faces no challenger in the Primary. Borowicz is looking to secure a third term as representative.
Borowicz is the first ever woman to serve and represent the 76th District, winning her first two-year term in 2018 and securing a second in 2020. She is a mother, former fourth-grade teacher and pastor’s wife.
Since the latest lines were drawn in the state, the district is comprised of all of Clinton County and a portion of Union County. The townships of Buffalo, Hartley, Kelly, Lewis, Limestone and West Buffalo and the boroughs of Harleton, Lewisburg, Mifflinburg and New Berlin in Union County will all be represented in the 76th District.
Previously, the district was made up of Clinton and a portion of Centre County that included Benner, Boggs, Curtin, Haines, Howard, Liberty, Marion, Miles, Snow Shoe and Union townships and Howard, Milesburg, Snow Shoe and Unionville boroughs.
The map has caused a shift in the 85th District, represented currently by Republican David H. Rowe who resides in East Buffalo Township.
Denise Maris and Elijah Probst are the Democratic candidates running for the 76th District seat who will appear on the Primary ballot on May 17.
Maris, a mother of four and grandmother of two, holds a master’s degree in Health Science with 20 years of business and volunteer experience.
Probst is a 2018 graduate of Central Mountain High School and a Chemistry major at Lock Haven University who has been involved in the local Boy Scouts, previously earning the title of Eagle Scout for his years of service.
Outside of the 76th District, another race in The Express’s coverage area will see two potential candidates face off in the Primary.
Incumbant Republican United States Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson will look for another term in the 15th District. Thompson has been a US Congressman since 2005 when he served in the 5th District. A change in 2018 shifted him into the 15th District. Since 2021, he serves as the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee.
With the updated congressional map, approved earlier this year, Thompson’s district has been expanded into Clinton County and a large portion of Lycoming County.
The 15th District is currently made up of: Armstrong, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Unon, Venango and Warren counties.
Another Republican, George R. Rathmell, of Jefferson County, has also thrown his hat into the ring for the 15th District. Rathmell served as an Army Chaplain from 1974 to 1994, was a guest pastor, Industrial chaplain and pastor from 1994 to 2007 and is currently a volunteer prayer coordinator with Family Research Council.
Statewide, three major races have caught the eye of multiple Democrats and Republicans throughout the Commonwealth.
Gov. Tom Wolf is reaching the end of his final term, opening up the highest position in the state. Nine Republicans are currently listed on the Primary ballot. They include: Lou Barletta, Doug Mastriano, Nche Sama, Dave White, Melissa Hart, Bill McSwain, Charlie Grow, Joe Gale and Senator Jake Corman.
Currently, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the lone Democrat who is seeking a term as governor.
In the United States Senate, incumbant Pat Toomey, a Republican, will not seek reelection. Seven Republican candidates and five Democrats are expected to be on the ballot in May.
The Republican candidates are Kathy Barnette, Mehmet Oz, George Bochetto, Jeff Bartos, Dave McCormick, Sean Gale and Carla Sands.
Democratic candidates currently on the Primary ballot are: Alex Khalil, Connor Lamb, Malcolm Kenyatta, Kevin Baumlin and John Fetterman.
The final state-level election on the ballot this May is the race for Lieutenant Governor. Lt. Governor John Fetterman is not seeking re-election as he attempts to secure a seat on the US Senate.
Nine Republicans are currently listed on the Primary. They are: Clarice Schillinger, James Earl Jones, Rick Saccone, John Brown, Chris Frye, Jeff Coleman, Russ Diamond, Carrie Lewis Delrosso and Teddy Daniels.
Three Democratic candidates are currently slated to be on the ballot. They are: Austin Davis, Ray Sosa and Brian Sims.