NOTICE OF 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

In accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Election Code notice is hereby given to the electors of Fayette County that a General Election will be held in
said county on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 between the hours of 7 A.M. and 8 P.M. prevailing time in the districts therein. The following offices are to be elected at
said election in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in said county. The names of the candidates for election will appear on the ballot as follows:

President of the United States/Vice-President – Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Joseph R. Biden
    Vice-President – Kamala D. Harris
  • Republican – Donald J. Trump
    Vice-President – Michael R. Pence
  • Libertarian – Jo Jorgensen
    Vice-President – Jeremy Spike Cohen

Attorney General — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Josh Shapiro
  • Republican – Heather Heidelbaugh
  • Libertarian – Daniel Wassmer
  • Green Party – Richard L. Weiss

Auditor General — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Nina Ahmad
  • Republican – Timothy DeFoor
  • Libertarian – Jennifer Moore
  • Green Party – Olivia Faison

State Treasurer — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Joe Torsella
  • Republican – Stacy L. Garrity
  • Libertarian – Joe Soloski
  • Green Party – Timothy Runkle

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District –Vote for One –

(All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Bill Marx
  • Republican – Guy Reschenthaler

Representative in The General Assembly — 49th Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township)

  • Democratic – Randy J. Barli
  • Republican – Bud Cook

Representative in The General Assembly — 50th Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown
Borough, Redstone Township)

  • Democratic – Pam Snyder
  • Republican – Larry Yost

Representative in The General Assembly — 51st Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township,
Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township,
Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Twp)

  • Democratic – Kevin Jones
  • Republican – Matthew Dowling

Representative in The General Assembly — 52nd Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough,
Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis
Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township, Vanderbilt Borough)

  • Democratic – Harry Young Cochran
  • Republican – Ryan Warner

POLLING PLACES INACCESSIBLE FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED

Elderly (65 and over) or handicapped voters assigned to inaccessible polling places can vote by Alternative Ballot. Application forms and information regarding

Alternative Ballots can be obtained at the Election Bureau. Applications for Alternative Ballots must be submitted to the Election Bureau no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. In case of an emergency, you can submit an Emergency Application for Alternative Ballot which must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Completed Alternative Ballots must be received by the Election Bureau no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The County Board of Election will publicly commence the computation and canvassing of the returns of the votes cast at the General Election held Tuesday,
November 3, 2020 to begin at 9:00 a.m., prevailing time, Friday, November 6, 2020 and continue each day thereafter until all votes cast have been computed. The
Provisional Ballots cast will be examined on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 starting at 10:00 a.m. Both will be held at the Public Service Building, 22 East Main Street,
Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

POLLING PLACES (Polling places that are inaccessible to the elderly and handicapped, as per the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, P.L. 98-435, are labeled inaccessible).

  • Belle Vernon Borough Belle Vernon Municipal Bldg & Fire Hall, Belle Vernon (temporary change)
  • Brownsville Township Brownsville Township Shed, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 1 Southside Fire Station, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 2 Northside Fire Station, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 3 South Hills Terrace Community Room, Brownsville
  • Bullskin Township, District 1 Bullskin Township Elementary School, Connellsville
  • Bullskin Township, District 2 Wooddale Bible Brethren Church, Mount Pleasant
  • Bullskin Township, District 3 Bear Rocks Community Center, Acme
  • Connellsville City, Ward 1 Calvary Assembly of God, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 2 Connellsville Senior Citizens Center, McCormick Avenue Entrance, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 3 Greater Connellsville Community Center, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 4 New Haven Hose Company Fire Station, Connellsville
  • Connellsville Township Connellsville Township VFD, Connellsville
  • Dawson Borough Dawson Borough Building, Dawson (inaccessible)
  • Dunbar Township, District 1 Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport, Terminal Building, Lemont Furnace
  • Dunbar Township, District 2 Connellsville Alliance Church, Connellsville
  • Dunbar Borough Dunbar Borough Fire Department Social Hall, Dunbar
  • Everson Borough Everson VFD Social Hall, Everson
  • Fairchance Borough Fairchance Borough Building, Fairchance
  • Fayette City Borough First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Fayette City
  • Franklin Township, District 1 Franklin Elementary School, Vanderbilt
  • Franklin Township, District 2 Smock Community Recreation & Heritage Center, Smock
  • Georges Township, District 1 Haydentown Community Center, Smithfield
  • Georges Township, District 2 Fayette County Vocational-Technical School, Uniontown
  • Georges Township, District 3 D. Ferd Swaney Elementary School, Uniontown
  • German Township, District 1 McClellandtown Firemanʼs Social Hall, McClellandtown
  • German Township, District 2 German Township Municipal Building, McClellandtown
  • German Township, District 3 Footedale Fire Hall, New Salem
  • German Township, District 4 Adah Fire Hall, Adah
  • Henry Clay Township Mountain Fellowship Center, Markleysburg
  • Jefferson Township Jefferson Township Municipal Building, Perryopolis
  • Lower Tyrone Township Brownfield Community Center, Dawson
  • Luzerne Township, District 1 Luzerne Township Municipal Building, Brownsville
  • Luzerne Township, District 2 Hiller VFD, Hiller
  • Luzerne Township, District 3 Labelle Fire House, Labelle
  • Luzerne Township, District 4 Allison #2 Fire Hall, Allison
  • Markleysburg Borough Mayorʼs Office, Markleysburg (inaccessible)
  • Masontown Borough St. Francis of Assisi (Former All Saints School) Rear Entrance, Masontown
  • Menallen Township, District 1 Keisterville Community Center, Keisterville
  • Menallen Township, District 2 Menallen Elementary School, Uniontown
  • Menallen Township, District 3 First Christian Church of New Salem, Uniontown
  • Newell Borough Newell Borough Building, Newell
  • Nicholson Township Nicholson Township Building, Smithfield
  • North Union Township, District 1 R. W. Clark Elementary School, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 2 George C. Marshall Elementary School, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 3 Hopwood Free Methodist Church, Hopwood
  • North Union Township, District 4 VFW Post 8543, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 5 Valley Sportsman Club, Uniontown
  • Ohiopyle Borough Ohiopyle-Stewart Community Center, Ohiopyle
  • Perry Township Perry Township Municipal Building, Star Junction
  • Perryopolis Borough Perryopolis Borough Building, Perryopolis
  • Point Marion Borough Old Scout Hall, Point Marion
  • Redstone Township, District 1 Republic Township Municipal Building, Grindstone
  • Redstone Township, District 2 Redstone Township Recreation Center, Republic
  • Redstone Township, District 3 Colonial #3 Athletic Club Office, Rowes Run, Grindstone
  • Redstone Township, District 4 Fairbank Rod & Gun Club, Fairbank
  • Saltlick Township Saltlick Township Municipal Building, Melcroft
  • Smithfield Borough Smithfield Borough Building, Smithfield
  • South Connellsville Borough South Connellsville Borough Building, South Connellsville
  • South Union Township, District 1 Laurel Highlands Middle School, Uniontown
  • South Union Township, District 2 Hatfield Elementary School, Uniontown
  • South Union Township, District 3 Hutchinson Elementary School, Uniontown
  • Springfield Township, District 1 Normalville Fire Hall, Normalville
  • Springfield Township, District 2 Springfield Municipal Building & Fire Hall, Mill Run
  • Springhill Township Appalachian Community Center, Smithfield
  • Stewart Township Stewart Township Building, Ohiopyle
  • Uniontown City, Ward 1 Fayette County Community Action Administration Building, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 2 Uniontown City Hall Council Chambers, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 3 Lafayette Middle School, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 4 East End Community Center, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 5 Uniontown Area High School, Wilson Avenue Entrance, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 6 Mt. Vernon Towers Apartment Building, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 7 Benjamin Franklin Elementary-Middle School, Uniontown
  • Upper Tyrone Township Upper Tyrone Township Municipal Building, Connellsville
  • Vanderbilt Borough American Legion Home, Vanderbilt
  • Washington Township Washington Township Municipal Building, Belle Vernon
  • Wharton Township Wharton Township Municipal Building, Farmington

County Board of Elections
Dave Lohr
Vincent A. Vicites
Scott Dunn

Chief Clerk
Amy Revak

November 3, 2020 General Election Unofficial Candidate List

President of the United States/Vice-President – Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Joseph R. Biden
    Vice-President – Kamala D. Harris
  • Republican – Donald J. Trump
    Vice-President – Michael R. Pence
  • Libertarian – Jo Jorgensen
    Vice-President – Jeremy Spike Cohen

Attorney General — Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Josh Shapiro
  • Republican – Heather Heidelbaugh
  • Libertarian – Daniel Wassmer
  • Green Party – Richard L. Weiss

Auditor General — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Nina Ahmad
  • Republican – Timothy DeFoor
  • Libertarian – Jennifer Moore
  • Green Party – Olivia Faison

State Treasurer — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Joe Torsella
  • Republican – Stacy L. Garrity
  • Libertarian – Joe Soloski
  • Green Party – Timothy Runkle

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District —

Vote for One—All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Bill Marx
  • Republican – Guy Reschenthaler

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY –49th Legislative District

Vote for One–Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township

  • Democratic – Randy J. Barli
  • Republican – Bud Cook

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 50th Legislative District –

Vote for One –Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown Borough, Redstone Township

  • Democratic – Pam Snyder
  • Republican – Larry Yost

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 51st Legislative District –

Vote for One –Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township, Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township, Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Twp

  • Democratic – Kevin Jones
  • Republican – Matthew Dowling

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 52nd Legislative District –

Vote for One –Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough, Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township,
Vanderbilt Borough

  • Democratic – Harry Young Cochran
  • Republican – Ryan Warner

Local races include one with incumbent facing no opposition, another with primary challenge

Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary election is less than 10 weeks away, and according to information on the Department of State’s database, all U.S. Congress and state legislative races in Fayette and Greene counties and the mid-Mon Valley portions of Washington and Westmoreland counties have both Democratic and Republican candidates.

Except one.

In the 51st Legislative District, comprised of parts of Fayette and Somerset counties, state Rep. Matt Dowling, R-Uniontown, faces no opposition in his quest for a third term, having defeated former state Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-South Union Township, in 2016 and 2018.

State Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Perryopolis, will seek a fourth term in the 52nd Legislative District, which consists of parts of Fayette and Westmoreland counties. Harry Young Cochran of Connellsville, a Democrat, filed paperwork to challenge him in the fall.

In the 49th Legislative District, incumbent state Rep. Bud Cook, R-West Pike Run Township, is seeking a third term but will face a primary challenge from fellow Republican Tony Bottino Jr. of Carroll Township. Democrat Randy Barli of Coal Center also filed.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, a Democrat from Morgan Township, is seeking a fifth term in the 50th Legislative District and appears poised to face Republican Larry W. Yost II of Dunkard Township in the fall. That district encompasses small parts of Fayette and Washington counties in addition to all of Greene County.

In the 14th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Peters Township, will have an autumn opponent in Democrat William A. Marx of Delmont. The district includes all of Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, plus much of Westmoreland County.

The primary is April 28.

 

Candidates for Congress and the Pennsylvania Legislature run for two-year terms.

Also on the ballot along with president and statewide row office are many candidates vying to be chosen as delegates or alternates to Democratic and Republican Party presidential nominating conventions.

 

April 28, 2020 General Primary Candidate List

President of the United States – Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Bernie Sanders
  • Joseph R. Biden
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Elizabeth Warren

Republican

  • Donald J. Trump
  • Roque Rocky De La Fuente
  • Bill Weld

Attorney General — Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Josh Shapiro – Montgomery County

Republican

  • Heather Heidelbaugh – Allegheny County

Auditor General — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • H. Scott Conklin – Centre County
  • Michael Lamb – Allegheny County
  • Tracie Fountain – Dauphin County
  • Rose Rosie Marie Davis – Monroe County
  • Nina Ahmad – Philadelphia County
  • Christina M. Hartman – Lancaster County

Republican

  • Timothy DeFoor – Dauphin County

State Treasurer — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Joe Torsella – Montgomery County

Republican

  • Stacy L. Garrity – Bradford County

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District –Vote for One—All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Bill Marx – Westmoreland County

Republican

  • Guy Reschenthaler – Washington County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY –49th Legislative District – Vote for One–

Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township

Democratic

  • Randy J. Barli – Washington County

Republican

  • Bud Cook – Washington County
  • Tony Bottino – Washington County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 50th Legislative District – Vote for One

Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown Borough, Redstone Township

Democratic

  • Pam Snyder – Greene County

Republican

  • Larry Yost – Greene County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 51st Legislative District – Vote for One —

Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township, Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township, Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Township

Democratic

Republican

  • Matthew Dowling – Fayette County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 52nd Legislative District – Vote for One

Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough, Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township, Vanderbilt Borough

Democratic

  • Harry Young Cochran – Fayette County

Republican

  • Ryan Warner – Fayette County

Delegate to the Democratic National Convention – 14th District – — Vote for Five, Three Males and Two Females — All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Casey Konopisos (F) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Robert Sabot (M) – Committed to: Elizabeth Warren
  • Bibiana Boerio (F) – Committed to: Joseph R. Biden
  • Robert Mason (M) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Mike Cordaro (M) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Kevin D. Jones (M) – Committed to: Michael R. Bloomberg
  • Christian Sesek (M) – Committed to: Joseph R. Biden
  • Janice Foley (F) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Brayden Campbell (M) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Nate Regotti (M) – Committed to: Joseph R. Biden
  • David J. Deitrick (M) – Committed to: Pete Buttigieg

Delegate to the Republican National Convention – 14th District – — Vote for Three– All Precincts within Fayette County

Republican

  • John Ventre
  • Scott Avolio
  • Jon R. Marietta
  • Scott R. Day
  • Daryl William Price
  • Eric J. Sivavec
  • Guy Reschenthaler
  • Rose Tennent
  • Thomas J. Uram
  • Susanna DeJeet
  • Jill Cooper

Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention – 14th District – — Vote for Three– All Precincts within Fayette County

Republican

  • Scott R. Day
  • Sonia Stopperich Sulc
  • Thomas J. Uram
  • Pat Geho
  • Melanie Stringhill Patterson

State Rep. Pam Snyder seeking fifth term

Rep. Pam Snyder
Rep. Pam Snyder

State Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Jefferson) is seeking re-election in the 50th Legislative District, which includes all of Greene County and parts of Washington and Fayette counties.

During her current, two-year term, she was elected by her colleagues as Southwest Delegation chairman and was appointed deputy whip.

“I’m proud to bring a rational and clear-headed voice to conversations in Harrisburg,” Snyder said in a news release. “I’ve always put people before politics, and that enables me to help the people I represent. I’ll never stop fighting for Southwestern Pennsylvania values.”

Snyder, 64, is also Democratic chairman of the bipartisan Coal Caucus and a member of the Oil and Gas Caucus.

In 2017 Snyder worked with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to secure mining permits for Consol Energy’s Bailey Mine, where more than 600 work.

She is advocating a bill that would prevent Pennsylvania from joining New England states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative without a vote from the General Assembly. The initiative would tax carbon output and displace coal and gas workers in this part of Pennsylvania.

Snyder also serves on the Steel Caucus, Sportsman Caucus, Second Amendment Caucus, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Caucus and the Pro-Life Caucus. She is a the founding chairman of the bipartisan Broadband Caucus, and received the broadband champion award from the Keystone Initiative for Network-Based Education and Research, a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable high-speed internet service.

Greene County’s sole state representative was also named Pennsylvania Corrections Officers Association’s legislator of the year in 2017 for her legislation to ensure every corrections officer has access to pepper spray.

A former Greene County commissioner, Snyder previously worked as deputy director for U.S. Rep. Frank Mascara.

A graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School, she and her husband, Jack, live on a small farm. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. A member of the Jefferson-Morgan Centennial Lions Club and St. Marcellus Catholic Church in Jefferson, she serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister.

The Pennsylvania Democratic primary is scheduled for April 28 and the general election will be Nov. 3.

50th Legislative District

In the 50th District it was nearly the same matchup it was two years ago at the Genesis of this blog. As with the last 50th District Election, we will likely see the same two candidates. Democrat and Incumbent Pam Snyder received the Democrat nod with 4,139 votes and as it was two years ago, Betsy Rohanna McClure secured the Republican nod with 2,308 votes. As it was last election, they will face each other in the General Election in November.

Local legislators not influenced by other states’ recreational marijuana legalization vote

By Mark Hofmann, The Herald Standard

Even though several states have voted to make recreational marijuana legal, those in and entering the Pennsylvania legislature said they have not changed their opinions on the subject.

In April, the state legislature approved the medical marijuana bil to allow people suffering from seizures to be treated with cannabis oil to reduce the number of seizures they experience.

However, on Election Day, the states of California, Nevada, Main and Massachusetts approved the legalization of recreational marijuana.

With Pennsylvania’s legalization of medical marijuana only five months old, legislators aren’t giving the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana use much weight.

“It has not changed my stance at all,” said State Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Bullskin Township, who added he believes the four states that voted to make recreational use legal are making a mistake. “It will take a long time before I change my stance on recreational marijuana.”

Stefano voted for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, but said h has issues with legalizing what people have called a gateway recreational drug during an ongoing opioid crisis.

“The risks would outweigh the benefits,” Stefano said. “I just don think we’re ready.”

State Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Perryopolis, said he, too, supported medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to help those with cancer an those who suffer seizures, but he believes the main focus needs to be eradicating the current drug epidemic.

“Addressing this opioid crisis should be one of the top priorities for every lawmaker in the state — not legalizing more drugs,” Ryan said.

“I don’t think it’s the right time for us in Pennsylvania to do that right now,” said State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson Township. “We haven’t even implemented the medical cannabis bill.”

Snyder said she wants to wait and see what research comes out of those states that have legalized recreational marijuana, but said when it comes to cannabis, she wants to focus on the medical marijuana implementation in Pennsylvania first as she said it will help a lot of people and doctors.

“I am a staunch supporter of the legalization of medicinal cannabis, which is why I sponsored three amendments to the legislation that was championed by Sen. Mike Folmer and enacted into law,” said state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Carroll Township. “In this day and age, Pennsylvanians who are truly suffering, medically, should not be denied every opportunity to treatment.”

Bartolotta, however, said she doesn’t support recreational cannabis.

“I believe it can lead to bigger problems, such as an increase in DUI cases,” she said, adding that parents and children with extreme seizure disorders are the ones that need to benefit from the medical use of marijuana. “That’s what this is all about —giving men, women and children with serious medical conditions the ability to live better lives.”

“Far too many medical professionals have called marijuana a gateway drug for me to be able to support (recreational) legalization currently,” said Matthew Dowling, a Republican, who will be serving the 51st Legislative District and agrees that the opioid epidemic is what needs to be addressed.

Seven states have now legalized recreational pot, and a recent Gallup poll showed close to 60 percent of Americans support the idea.

Stefano said he has heard from those in his constituency in the 32nd Senatorial District on both sides of the issue and said about 70 percent are against recreational marijuana use.

Colorado, where stores began legally selling recreational pot in 2014, reported almost $1 billion in legal pot sales last year. Arcview Market Research, which tracks the marijuana industry, estimates that legal annual California pot revenues could exceed$7 billion by 2020.

Even the potential for additional tax money going to Harrisburg’s pot sales hasn’t swayed lawmakers.

“The state of Pennsylvania doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem,” Warner said.

While Warner said he respects the rights of individual states to make decisions that they deem best for themselves, he said Pennsylvania already has some of the highest sin taxes in the country, and rather than focusing on new similar taxes, legislato should be looking at ways to cut wasteful spending in Harrisburg

“Yes, I’m sure it’s going to generate revenue, but there’s things t take into account other than revenue,” Snyder said.

Stefano said the legalization of recreational marijuana could come with cost increases for things like drug treatment and different issues like the federal government’s restrictions on marijuana use.

“That complicates our ability to tax it,” Stefano said.

Dowling said relying on revenue from drugs is not sound public policy.

“Rather I think the states should control their costs and make cuts before following this path as a way to be able to further Gov [Tom] Wolf’s liberal agenda and outrageous spending,” Dowling said.

Snyder edges out Rohanna McClure to capture third term

By Jon Stevens For the Herald­Standard Updated 8 hrs ago


WAYNESBURG – Incumbent Democrat Pam Snyder bucked the trend of Greene County voters Tuesday and unofficially captured her third term as staterepresentative for the 50th District, defeating political newcomer Betsy Rohanna McClure, a registered nurse from Franklin Township, by more than 1,000 votes.

While Democrats hold a 4,415 voter registration edge in Greene County, the electorate came out strong for Republican Donald Trump for president, as well as for GOP Pat Toomey for U.S. Senate.

Nonetheless, Snyder of Jefferson was able to sweep the precincts in the three counties that compose the 50th District. Unofficially, with all of GreeneCounty’s 44 precincts reporting,Snyder had 7,577 votes to Rohanna McClure’s 7,366. In Fayette County, a more consistent Democratic stronghold,where voters in 14 precincts cast ballots in the 50th, Snyder had an incomplete total of 1,840 votes and Rohanna McClure had 1,309 votes. Finally, in Washington County’s two municipalities that fall with the 50th. Centerville Borough and East Bethlehem Township – Snyder won by 379 votes, 1,458 to 1,079.

These totals do not include absentee ballots; in Greene County, at least 793 absentee ballots have yet to be processed.

Snyder, who was watching the election results from Carmichaels VFW Post 3491 during the evening, was pleased with the unofficial results, after all 44 Greene County precincts reported. “I am very honored that that the people have chosen me to represent the 50th Legislative District,” said “I want to thank my family, my friends and my supporters during this election. I am very proud to say that we ran a clean and positive campaign, especially in light of the negative climate that was evident in this election. And I look forward to working hard for the people of the 50th Legislative District.” In November 2012, Snyder won her first term in the state House by defeating Waynesburg businessman and borough council member Republican Mark W. Fischer, 56 percent to 42 percent in Greene County. She took office in January 2013, replacing Bill DeWeese, who held the seat for 35 years. DeWeese ran unopposed in the 2012 spring primary but was subsequently barred from appearing on the November ballot because he was a convicted felon and could not hold a public office. Following that primary, Snyder was selected by the local Democratic Committees within the 50th to be the candidate in the fall. In 2014, Snyder ran unopposed for her second term.

 

State House Election Results (11:30 PM)

49th District:

  1. Donald”Bud” Cook (R)- 13, 354- 54.26%
  2. Alan Benyak (D)- 11,259- 45.74%

50th District:

  1. Pam Snyder (D)- 10,875 – 52.72%
  2. Betsy Rohanna-McClure (R)- 9,7 54- 47.28%

51st District:

  1. Matthew Dowling (R)- 8,090- 54.26%
  2. Tim Mahoney (D) – 6,825- 45.74%

52nd District:

  1. Ryan Warner (R) – 11,772- 64.62%
  2. James Mari (D)- 6,446 – 35.38%