Write-ins counted in Montco, revealing who will be on GOP side of ballot in the fall

Jim Melwert
June 06, 2019 - 7:25 pm
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Write-in votes in Montgomery County’s primary election have been counted. There were more than 2,000 write-ins for Republican district attorney, and now we know who will be on that side of the ballot in the fall. 

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, a Democrat, was uncontested in his primary and there was no Republican on the ballot in the primary. Steele got 498 write-ins on the Republican side, enough to get his name on both sides of the ballot in the fall all but guaranteeing another term.

“I believe what the impetus behind the voters putting me on both sides of the ticket is the job that we’ve been doing,” he said. 

Steele says he hopes this allows him to focus on issues without the distraction of politics.

“We still face the greatest challenge that I have seen in my 25 years here in the office in the opioid, heroin and fentanyl epidemic,” Steele said. 

Former DA and County Commissioner Bruce Castor, who lost the DA’s race to Steele in 2015, got 104 write-in votes. 

There are 1,678 write-in votes classified as “unresolved”. A county spokesman says they include people who wrote-in their own names or things like Mickey Mouse or Goofy.

The vote still needs to be certified, but county officials say it’s unlikely anything would change at this point.