York County Republicans sweep row offices and judge seat

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
With a commanding lead with only 20% of voting results being posted, Matt Menges makes a victory speech during the GOP watch party, Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Republicans in York County were on track to sweep races for row offices and a seat on the York County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday as votes continued to be counted.

Republicans were poised to nab five row office seats. York City attorney Matt Menges, son of Common Pleas Judge N. Christopher Menges, also won and will join his father on the bench after his victory.

"Obviously I'm very excited," Matt Menges said Wednesday. "This is something we put a lot of work into. I look forward to serving the people of York County."

Menges' priorities in the position will include restoring county residents' faith in the justice system and ensuring individuals are able to get adequate representation in court, regardless of financial setbacks.

Row offices: Allison Blew, who beat out Sandra Harrison for York County prothonotary, said she was looking forward to bolstering the office's customer service through compassion and upgrading technology.

"I'm honored that the voters of York County have chosen me to be their next prothonotary," Blew said. "They've placed their trust in me to execute my vision."

Register of Wills-elect Bryan Tate said his victory had a lot to do with his small army of volunteers spreading his message before the election — and staying on top of polling places, which led to him celebrating his victory Tuesday night.

"The team I assembled worked really hard this year to share a message about my experience, expertise and community leadership," Tate said. "I really think that message resonated with York County."

Once sworn in, Tate said, his first priority will be to familiarize himself with the office and its employees and work with the York County Estate Planning Council to ensure county residents have wills so that money stays in the community.

More:Election results: York County officials still counting; GOP has wide leads in county-wide races

Results pending: Full election results were still unavailable Wednesday, which the county attributed to a lack of scanners, incorrect ballot paper sizes at some polling locations and some voters being unaware of how the new voting machines worked.

Here's how the voting judge and row office races were going as of Wednesday afternoon:

Judge on the York County Court of Common Pleas: With 61,780 votes tallied, Menges had a wide lead — 41,897 to 19,883 — over Democrat Sandra Thompson.

Clerk of Courts: With 61,879 votes counted, Republican Dan Byrnes, son of outgoing York County President Commissioner Susan Byrnes, appeared poised to defeat Democrat Stacey Duckworth. Byrnes has 40,012 votes; Duckworth has 21,867.

Prothonotary: With 60,992 votes on the books, Republican Blew (39,585) was far ahead of Democrat Harrison (21,407).

Register of Wills: With 62,234 votes counted, Republican Tate was far ahead of Democrat Pam Nicholson. Tate has 41,107 votes to Nicholson's 21,127.

Treasurer: With 62,166 votes counted, five-term Republican incumbent Barbara Bair was far ahead of Democrat Ryan Supler, with 44,158 votes to his 18,008.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.