WAYNE COUNTY — Voters had the chance to make history Tuesday night.

A prominent feature of the election was the historic nomination for Wayne County's first female Court of Common Pleas Judge between District Attorney Janine Edwards and Honesdale attorney Pamela Wilson, Esquire.

According to the Wayne County Bureau of Elections unofficial results, Edwards received 58 percent of the Democratic vote and 59 percent of the Republican vote.

“I am thrilled with the support from the voters in Wayne County,” said Edwards.

She added she was both “thrilled” and “overwhelmed” to have received the nomination on both tickets.

“My team, my committee, my family and my friends stood behind me and stayed positive and supportive throughout the campaign,” Edwards stated.

She said such support was “incredibly valuable” for her.

“I'm so thankful for the endorsement of the men and women who serve to protect us every day as members of the Pennsylvania State Police and our corrections officers,” she added.

Regarding the historical significance of the event, Edwards stated, “Being elected the first female Wayne County District Attorney was something that I took very seriously and am so very proud to be in a job that has historically been male ... Now, to be the first female judge candidate and possibly the first female judge for Wayne County, I'm honored to take that next step in service.”

“No matter male nor female, the job of judge deserves justice, fairness and strength from the bench, and I hope to be able to give it.”

If elected in November, First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Robinson will administer the duties of District Attorney for the remainder of Edwards' term which expires in 2019.

A new district attorney will then be elected.

Wilson could not be reached for comment by deadline early Wednesday afternoon, but she released a statement on her Facebook campaign page.

It states: “I just wanted to thank everyone who voted for me and supported my campaign.

“Unfortunately, we did not prevail but I deeply appreciate your support.

“Thank you.”


Voter turnout

There was a 28.3 percent voter turn out for Tuesday's primary elections, a surprising amount, said Director of Elections Cindy Furman.

Twenty-three percent of the county's 9,599 registered Democrats came out to vote and 31 percent of the 17,721 registered Republicans did the same.

The Computing Board meets Friday to begin the verification process.

This will likely take until next Tuesday, May 23 to complete due to the large number of write-in votes.

Official results will be posted thereafter.

Furman said the public is allowed to come and watch while the board is in session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and starting around 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The board meets in the elections office on the third floor of the courthouse.

Additional election coverage will appear in an upcoming edition.