Only one Republican was elected to a Bucks County government position, excluding the Court of Common Pleas, after Democrats nearly swept the races for County Commissioners and row offices.
Democrats County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Falls Township Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie won the majority for County Commissioners. They earned 82,169 and 74,723 votes according to an unofficial tally with 304 of 306 districts reporting.
Republican State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo will also have a position as County Commissioner, having earned 77,562 votes. But his victory means Commissioner Chairman Rob Loughery has been voted out, and will no longer have a position.
“For me, it’s just a hollow victory,” DiGirolamo said. He thanked the other less fortunate candidates for their hard work. “I got into this race hoping all nine of us were going to win, and it didn’t turn out that way, but I could not be any more proud of these people.”
At Bucks GOP Headquarters, Loughery conceded shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“It’s been a privilege to serve the county over these last eight years,” Loughery said. “I’ve had a wonderful time to serve here and serve the residents of Bucks County. I’ve enjoyed working with Commissioner Martin and Diane.”
Democrats completely swept the row offices. Linda Bobrin beat Don Petrille Jr. for Register of Wills and Kris Ballerini beat Tom Panzer for Treasurer.
Even Clerk of Courts Mary Smithson and Coroner Joseph Campbell, who each served for at least 20 years, lost their positions. Brian Munroe won his bid for Clerk of Courts, while Meredith Buck won Coroner.
“The results weren’t what we thought,” Smithson said. She echoed a sentiment many people at GOP Headquarters expressed as well. “But I can tell you as a senior member of this team there wasn’t a thing we missed.”
This is the first time since the late 1980s Democrats have held a majority on the County Commissioners offices. It also means District Attorney Matt Weintraub will be the solitary Republican on the row offices.