WAVERLY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Democratic novice Bridget Malloy Kosierowski declared victory about 9:30pm Tuesday night over GOP candidate Frank Scavo in a special election for the 114th Pennsylvania House District.
With 100% of the precincts reporting, Kosierowski defeated Scavo with just over 62 percent of the vote to Scavo’s slightly more than 38 percent.
The two were vying for the seat opened last year with the death of incumbant Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich.
Voter turnout for the special election was estimated to be at around 15 percent of registered voters, but Kosierowski said earlier in the day while voting in Waverly “I would love a good turnout today. I mean it is traditionally low, but we worked hard to remind people certainly a lot about today.
The last special election held in Lackawanna County was in 2000 in this same 114th district– when a State Representative had to resign.
The chairman of the Lackawanna County Commissioners was not happy about the timing of this election, calling it a waste of “time, energy and most importantly taxpayer’s money.”
“Its $35,000 wasted. The Commonwealth money taxpayers money” Said Patrick O’Malley, Chairman Lackawanna County Commissioner. He believes the state should have waited until the May 21st primary slections.
“This election could have been held on May 21st which is only 70 days from now. I really don’t understand it and you may even get a bigger turnout on the day of the state primary” Stressed O’Malley.
State officials wanted to hold the special election sooner than later because the people of the 114th District haven’t had a voice in Harrisburg since last October.
The votes will be officially confirmed on Friday. The winner should be sworn into offices within the next several days.