Tuesday, May 19, 2009




Tamaqua native Jerry Knowles will return to work in Harrisburg, this time as a state legislator following his victory in the special election for the 124th District. The seat was vacated by Dave Argall after he won the state Senate seat in March held by the late Jim Rhoades. In unofficial tallies, Knowles garnered 70 percent of the vote compared to 30 percent for challenger Bill Mackey. Mackey had contended for the same seat in the past two legislative elections. Knowles once served as a Tamaqua councilman, Mayor and as a Schuylkill County Commissioner.


Former Ashland police officer and incumbent Sheriff Joseph Groody will face Republican challenger and former Pottsville police chief Dale Repp in November. Groody was challenged by Joe Devine of Pottsville for the Democratic nomination. Groody was appointed to the post last year, and is seeking his first elected term. The margin of victory was narrow, 51 percent for Groody and 49 percent for Devine.

Jury Commissioner

Republican incumbent Jury Commissioner Peggy Zimmerman defeated Maria Casey in Tuesday’s primary election. Ed Kleha, Schuylkill County Democratic Party chairman was unopposed as the Democratic candidate.


Incumbent District Attorney, James Goodman, will face former Assistant DA, Republican Christine Holman, in November for the county’s top prosecutor following Tuesday’s election. Both were unopposed. Goodman won the seat from former DA Frank Cori four years ago.

We'll have more results first thing Wednesday morning on WPPA/T102 News.


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