The write-in votes have been tallied for last week’s primary election, solidifying the victories of all the tentative winners in the countywide races and dashing the hopes of those looking to boost their positions.



The write-in votes have been tallied for last week’s primary election, solidifying the victories of all the tentative winners in the countywide races and dashing the hopes of those looking to boost their positions.
 
CORONER

In the County Coroner race, Edward Howell remains the favorite Republican candidate, finishing the primary with 2,381 GOP votes and 288 write-ins from Dems. In November, he will square off with Democrat physician William Davis, who earned 1130 votes as the only candidate on the yellow ballot, plus 10 from Republicans.

COMMISSIONER

In the race for the three open commissioner seats, sitting Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith remains the top Republican vote getter with 3,811 GOP voters’ support, as well as that of 169 Democrats. He and Honesdale Mayor Jonathan Fritz — who finished the primary with 3002 GOP votes and 75 from Dems — will face incumbent Commissioner Wendell Kay and fellow Democrat Jeanette Gardas in the general election.

Kay added 23 Republicans’ support to his party’s 1504 votes on his behalf. Gardas finished the primary with 795.
 
DISTRICT ATTORNEY

In what is perhaps the most closely watched race of the season, challenger Janine Edwards drove 623 nails into the coffin of incumbent District Attorney Michael Lehutsky’s re-election campaign, thanks to Democrats’ support.

Unless Lehutsky can put together a very strong write-in campaign for November, the DA’s race is pretty much over. Of course, it is theoretically possible that a third party candidate could come in to clinch it in November, but the chances are slim.

Edwards finished with 3,196 Republican votes in addition to the 623 she got from Democrats. In her popularity, she even managed to pick up three write-ins for coroner.
For his part, Lehutsky finished his campaign — and likely his tenure as DA — with 2,657 Republicans’ support and 328 votes from Dems.

HONESDALE BOROUGH COUNCIL

In the race for the three open four-year seats on the council, Republican front-runner Nick Slish wound up with 381 total votes, followed by 253 for fellow councilman David Borthwick and 249 for Scott Smith.

If Thomas Krzemieniecki hopes to serve on the council, he’ll have to either wage a very effective write-in campaign for the general election in November or wait until next time.

On the Democratic side, James Leo Brennan picked up a single write-in vote to add to the 172 he got last week, keeping him in the first position. Margaret (Peg) Wright ended with 165, maintaining her second place showing. Harry Devrieze finished with 126 votes.  All three will now face the three victorious Republicans in November.

In the race for two open two-year seats, Juanita Pisano finished the first leg of her race with 332 votes from Republicans as the only GOP candidate. She will face Dems Barbara Lewis and Mike Slish in November, who got 199 and 227 votes, respectively.