Republicans Sweep 2013 Elections

Stabile, Castile and Gantman statewide victories coupled with local standouts prove GOP has momentum heading into 2014

HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement congratulating Vic Stabile, Pennsylvania’s next Superior Court Judge:

“I send my heartfelt congratulations to Judge-elect Vic Stabile for his hard-won victory tonight. The Superior Court will certainly benefit from his integrity, determination and judicial philosophy characterized by ‘equal justice under law.’ I have known Vic for many years and this is the culmination of his hard work as a volunteer and a candidate. I also congratulate Justice Ron Castile and Judge Susan Gantman retaining their seats on Pennsylvania’s Supreme and Superior courts respectively. Pennsylvania voters agreed that we have an accomplished cadre of excellent judicial leaders who will serve Pennsylvania with honor and distinction.

“Tonight’s Republican victories prove that the GOP continues to be a dominating force in Pennsylvania statewide politics. Voters are tired of President Obama’s failed leadership, tired of Obamacare’s broken promises, tired of extremists like Allyson Schwartz who never met a tax she didn’t like, and are looking to the GOP to hold radical, liberal leaders accountable and provide smart, effective solutions. We head in to the 2014 with the wind at our backs and look forward to enjoying another Republican year by reelecting Governor Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley.”

Local races of note:

  • Brown Beats the Odds: Republican John Brown beats Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan to become Northampton County’s next County Executive, the first Republican in 16 years.
    • PoliticsPA: Upset: GOP Beats Callahan for Northampton Exec
    • Express Times: John Callahan concedes to John Brown in election 2013 Northampton County executive race
  • GOP Sweeps Northampton County Council: The GOP swept five seats on Northampton County Council as Peg Ferarro, Glen Geissinger, Seth Vaughn, Hayden Phillips and Mathew Benol shutout the Democratic field.
  • Republicans Go 7 for 7 in Delco: Republicans go 7-for-7 in county wide races, winning two judgeships, two county council seats, controller, register of wills and sheriff. It’s clear Democrats continue to be woefully disorganized on the local level.
  • Dems Get “Burned” in Allegheny County: Republicans Ed Kress and Tom Baker win seats on Allegheny County Council. Kress’ seat used to be held by Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn.
  • GOP Flips Butler Mayor: Building upon GOP growth in the west, Republican Tom Donaldson ousts his opponent to become Butler’s newly elected mayor and claims seat for the GOP for first time in 28 years.