TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 18TH, 2022

Voter turnout in Lawrence County was a little over 34 percent for yesterday’s primary election. Marlo Gallo Brown won a close race on the Republican ballot for state representative in the 9th district defeating two other candidates.  Brown received 3,196 votes to Nick Kerin’s 2,900, Daryl Audio 1,353. Democratic incumbent State Representative Chris Sainato ran unopposed.

Current 10th District State Representative Aaron Bernstine was a winner in the newly formed 8th district. Bernstine beat his Republican challengers John Kennedy and Eric DiTullio to win a fourth term in Harrisburg.  Unofficial results showed Bernstine had garnered 5,821 votes to Kennedy’s 4,880 and DiTullio’s 1,163.  There are no listed candidates on the ballot for the Democratic primary, meaning Bernstine will likely be the only candidate on the ballot in the Nov. 8th  general election.

The Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary is going to go down to the wire.  Current leader David McCormick told supporters late Tuesday night that they do not expect a resolution in the race until sometime on Wednesday. He and television personality Mehmet Oz are only separated by less than a percent in the race.

Voter turnout is low in Beaver County for this year’s primary.  Elections officials report just under 25 percent of eligible voters cast ballots yesterday.  A larger portion of the county’s Republicans visited the polls, up around 35 percent.  Democrats outnumber Republicans in Beaver County, but only around 21 percent participated in the election yesterday.

State Senator Doug Mastriano has won the republican nomination for governor. The Donald Trump-backed candidate beat out eight others to win the primary, even though many GOP state leaders thought he was too far to the right to win.  Mastriano has been a leading voice in the movement to overturn the 2020 election results and was present at the Capitol during the January 6th insurrection last year.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has won the Democratic nomination as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Voters chose from candidates that included Fetterman, three-term U.S. Representative Conor Lamb and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Earlier Tuesday, Fetterman cast his primary ballot from his hospital bed, using an emergency absentee ballot, after suffering a stroke on Friday.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced a 98-million-dollar grant for certified child care providers across Pennsylvania. According to a statement from his office, the money would be used to give child care workers retention bonuses. It would also go toward increasing personnel development and recruitment efforts. The grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is expected to get a pacemaker.  John Fetterman’s campaign says he’ll have one of the devices implanted after he had a stroke last Friday.  His campaign says the short procedure will protect the 52-year-old’s heart and address the underlying cause of his stroke by regulating his heart rate and rhythm. The stroke was caused by a clot from his heart, which doctors were able to remove — effectively reversing the stroke.

Allegheny County officials say U.S. Steel is now ordered to pay one-and-a-half million dollars in fines.  Court records show the company reached a settlement with the EPA and the Allegheny County Health Department yesterday.  The fines are related to Clear Air Act violations at the Edgar Thomson works dating to 2016.  Records indicate the company is also required to make training and monitoring improvements at the facility.

A former Lawrence County choir teacher is jailed on 150-thousand dollars bond on allegations that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student.  Twenty-six-year-old Olivia Ortiz reportedly had a close relationship with the 17-year-old victim that turned romantic and then sexual.  New Wilmington police say they first became aware of the situation after being contacted by the principal of Wilmington Area High School.  The situation had been reported to the principal by Ortiz’s husband.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next week.