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Seavey defeats Morley in primary voting for Magisterial District Judge

05/20/2015 12:15PM ● By Richard Gaw

Matthew Seavey, the Magisterial District Judge in District Court 15-4-04, defeated challenger Nicole Morley in primary elections held on May 19, on both the Democrat and Republican ballots. Both Seavey and Morley entered the race as Republicans, but cross-filed on the primary election ballot.

On the Democratic side, Seavey won the nomination with 58 percent (444 votes) of the votes, while Morley earned 41 percent of the votes (377 votes). In Republican balloting, he defeated Morley, earning 51 percent of the votes (895) to Morley's 48 percent (844 votes).

District Court 15-4-04 encompasses New Garden, London Britain, Franklin, West Marlborough and London Grove townships, as well as Avondale and West Grove.

In the race for a seat on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, Allison Bell Royer and Julia Malloy-Good soundly defeated District Magisterial Judge Dan Maisano and Parkesburg attorney John Carnes on both the Republican and Democratic ballots. On the Republican side, Royer earned 57 percent of the votes (12,721 votes), while in the Democratic primary, Malloy-Good gathered 8,714 votes, good for 63 percent of the votes.

In all, votes from 227 precincts throughout Chester County are being tabulated. Voter turnout for the primary elections was low, with only 12 percent of registered Democrats going to the polls, while just 17 percent of registered Republicans voted.

In New Garden Township, Christine Witherspoon, the only announced candidate for the Board of Supervisors, was defeated in primary elections on Tuesday, in her bid to occupy the seat on the baord that will become open in 2016. In Republican polling, Witherspoon earned 18 percent of the vote, tallying 112 votes, while 81 percent of the vote went to write-in candidates. On the Democratic side, a total of 302 write-in votes were tallied. Write-in candidates for the New Garden board include Randall Lieberman, and current board members Michael Loftus and Patrick Little.

In the primary election for a seat on the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors, Whitney Hoffman, earned 100 percent (373 votes) on the Democratic side, while Ted Moxon received 97 percent (288 votes) in Republican primary balloting.

The Chester County Board of Elections have yet to confirm all election results. Keep tuned to for more primary election results.