Roe emerges as Republican nominee in the 158th District05/03/2016 11:02PM ● By Steven Hoffman
The Primary Election results still have not been certified, but it appears as if Eric Roe will emerge as the Republican nominee in the 158th Legislative District after a successful write-in campaign.
Val DiGiorgio, the chairman of the Republican Committee of Chester County, released a statement after the write-in votes were counted and congratulated Roe for winning the nomination.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming vote of confidence that Republican voters gave Eric Roe,” DiGiorgio stated. “In Eric, we have a bright, hard-working and energetic candidate who will fight for issues that the residents of Chester County care about – holding the line on taxes, strengthening the economy and promoting job growth, funding and improving education, and lowering our property taxes.”
Roe received the endorsement of the Republican Party less than a month before the Primary Election. According to DiGiorgio’s statement, Roe received about 60 percent of the write-in votes even though he had just a few weeks to campaign.
On the Democratic side, Susan Rzucidlo won the nomination handily. She and Roe will compete for the State House seat that is occupied by State Rep. Chris Ross, who is retiring after two decades in the State Legislature.
In the 13th Legislative District, incumbent State Representative John Lawrence earned the Republican nomination. He will be challenged by Nancy Dean, the Democratic nominee.
The turnout was fairly strong in Chester County as a result of the Presidential Primary—45 percent of the registered Republicans went to the polls, while 39 percent of the registered Democrats cast ballots.