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Recorder of deeds, common pleas judge openings still up for grabs

David Weissman
505-5431/@DispatchDavid
  • Republican Laura Shue and Democrat Maribel Burgos will face off for county recorder of deeds.
  • Kathleen Prendergast, Amber Kraft, Clyde Vedder and Sandra Thompson compete for 3 judge openings.
  • All other countywide elections yielded one Republican primary winner against no known Democrat.

Tuesday's primary election results leave most countywide openings with candidates running unopposed in the municipal election, but races for the county recorder of deeds and court of common pleas judges remain competitive.

From left, parents Barbara and Michael Prendergast, of Spring Garden Township, hold the bible belonging to the grandmother of Judge Kathleen Prendergast as she is officially sworn in by York County President Judge Joseph C. Adams during a ceremony at the York County Judicial Center in York City Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Laura Shue, a longtime local abstractor, edged out Brad "Doc" Daugherty and Ron Miller in the Republican primary for recorder of deeds, and she will face off against Maribel Burgos, after she defeated Alan Vandersloot in the Democratic primary.

Burgos, a former director of Latino services at the YMCA, received nearly 6,400 votes (51 percent) compared to more than 9,200 (37 percent) for Shue.

Shue, a vice president and partner at ABCO, has spent more than 30 years looking through titles and real estate documents available through the recorder's office and understands what it takes to record documents, she said.

She decided to run when the opportunity presented itself in the form of incumbent Recorder of Deeds Randi Reisinger choosing not to run for reelection after 38 years in the position, she said.

Laura Shue

Shue said her campaign knocked on more than 6,000 doors and put up more than 500 signs, and she really enjoyed meeting people across the county.

Burgos, who plans to receive her Master of Public Administration in December, said she was pleasantly surprised by her win, which she credited to door-to-door campaigning and being accessible to voters.

She said she has experience in previous jobs dealing with budgets, staff and technology.

Clyde Vedder, candidate for York County Court of Common Pleas judge

In the race for York County Court of Common Pleas judges, the field of nine candidates — all who cross-filed as Republicans and Democrats — was pared down to four.

Kathleen Prendergast, Clyde Vedder, Amber Anstine Kraft and Sandra Thompson will face off for three openings Nov. 7.

Prendergast, who is currently serving as a judge on the court, and Vedder, a 35-year litigator from Spring Garden Township, were among the top three on both the Republican and Democratic tickets, with Prendergast serving as the top vote-getter on both sides.

Thompson, a local attorney who serves as the local NAACP chapter president, received the second most votes in the Democratic primary but finished with the lowest total among the four.

Sandra Thompson

Thompson received 11,601 votes total, which was actually more than 2,600 fewer votes than Tim Barker, a career prosecutor in the York County District Attorney's Office, who finished fourth in the Republican primary.

Other offices: All other countywide elections Tuesday yielded one Republican candidate with no known Democratic challengers on the ballot.

Nikki Suchanic, director of the county's election office, said her office will have a preliminary count of write-in votes May 26, and candidates who receive enough write-in votes could be included on the municipal election ballot.

Dave Sunday, chief deputy prosecutor in the York County District Attorney’s Office, received more than 51 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for county district attorney to defeat attorney Jonelle Harter Eshbach.

From left, York County District Attorney Dave Sunday, his wife, Lishani Sunday, and campaign manager Joel Ogle anticipate results during a primary election watch party at Central Market in York City, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Republican primary for county controller went to local business owner Greg Bower, who received more than 39 percent of the vote to edge out Julie Haertsch and Bonner Smith.

Incumbent Pam Gay ran unopposed in the Republican primary for county coroner.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.