Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022


Summary and Analysis of Tuesday’s Primary Results

The Pennsylvania Public Strategies team created a comprehensive breakdown and analysis of election results. You can review it here .

Fetterman to Return to Lieutenant Governor Duties Monday

Governor Wolf’s office says John Fetterman will return to his duties as Lieutenant Governor next Monday, a little over a week after suffering a stroke. PennLive has more .

With the General Election Next, Mastriano Begins Campaign Transition

GOP nominee for Governor Doug Mastriano says he is beginning the transition to the state-wide general election, where he says he will focus on energy, election integrity and what he describes as “personal freedoms.’” He will face Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro in November. Read more from PennLive.

11 Incumbents Lost Bid for Reelection

Eleven incumbent state politicians will not appear on the general election ballot in November after losing to primary challengers. It appears that two of the incumbents, Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) and Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), chairs of the appropriations committee in their respective chambers, both lost their reelection bid. PennLive has more .

Commonwealth Court Stops Progress on New Bridge Tolling

A ruling from the state’s Commonwealth Court is putting plans to add tolls to some bridges across the state, including on the I-83, on hold. The immediate impact, however, of the ruling is unclear as PennDOT is still planning to hold public hearings on the project. PennLive has more .



 Incumbents Generally Prevail in Philadelphia-Area State Races

Democratic incumbents, be they progressive or more moderate, largely beat their challengers in this year’s primary election, including a notable challenge to State Senator Anthony Williams. However, State Representative Pam DeLissio lost to Tarik Khan in the race for the 194th District. Read more from the Inquirer.

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Names Chellie Cameron As New CEO

Chellie Cameron, the CEO of Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia Airports, will be the new CEO of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Cameron has worked for the Philadelphia airports for over a decade, and will leave her current position at the end of June. The Inquirer has more .

Pew Reports Says 70,000 Jobs Could Make Difference Between City “Renaissance” or “Stagnation”

A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts argues that the ability for the city to generate 70,000 new jobs over the next five years could be the difference between significant economic growth or decline. The analysis comes from the city’s current tax structure, which places significant weight on the wage tax over other forms of tax revenue. Read more from the Inquirer.

Aqua Pennsylvania’s Rate Hikes Go Into Effect Next Week

Customers of Aqua Pennsylvania will see across the board rate increases next week, largely a result of increased infrastructure maintenance costs. Read more from the Inquirer.

Laurel Hill Cemetery Will Kill Current Plants on Kelly Drive Façade

The parts of Laurel Hill Cemetery facing Kelly Drive will soon look barren as the cemetery starts a project to plant native species on that ridge, aimed to increase soil stability after years of erosion caused by invasive plants. The Inquirer has more .

Controversial “ ? ?Human Growth and Development” Classes in Central Bucks Made Optional

Central Bucks school district students will no longer be required to take “Human Growth and Development” classes, which were controversial after enrollment was determined by gender assigned at birth. WHYY has more .



Outstanding Votes in Allegheny County Could Sway Races, But Will Take Time to Count  

Allegheny County election officials have stated that it will take a few more days to count all of the votes cast in Tuesday’s primary. There are some races that are too close to call and could be decided by the remaining votes. The Tribune-Review has more .

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO Retiring At End of 2022

Kevin McMahon has been with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for more than 20 years; he announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year. The Tribune-Review has more .

Voter Turnout Strong for Westmoreland Primary As Political Leaders Look to Fall Campaign  

Democrats and Republicans reported strong voter turnout in this week’s primary elections, with party officials predicting an “energetic” general election in November. The Tribune-Review has more .


The Pennsylvania Republican Senate Primary Is Probably Headed for a Recount The primary for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat up for grabs is still too close to call. The margin between McCormick and Oz is likely small enough to trigger a recount. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more .

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