by Local Staff

It’s time again for voters to go to the polls for a primary with numerous races, including a Republican contest to run against Gov. Tom Wolf in November, a packed Lt. Governor’s field for both parties, a GOP contest to run against Sen. Bob Casey and, in the state’s 200th District, which includes Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy, a Democratic primary between incumbent Chris Rabb and Melissa Scott.

The deadline for registration has passed. To determine if you are registered to vote visit or call 1-877-voterspa. The election will take place on May 15, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Below is a list of all 9th Ward polling places, and candidates.


U.S. Senator

Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Dem.) is running for his third term unopposed. But two Republicans are vying for the opportunity to run against him: Former Hazelton mayor Lou Barletta and 15th District State Rep James J. Christiana III.


Three Republicans are hoping to earn the right to challenge Governor Thomas W. Wolf (Dem.). Pittsburgh Attorney, Laura Ellsworth, 59, and former consulting executive Paul Mango, 59 are first time candidates. The state GOP choice, Scott Wagner, 62, is a state senator in York County who used to own a waste hauling and trucking firm.

Lt. Governor

Incumbent Lt. Governor, Mike Stack, 54, a former State Senator from Northeast Philadelphia faces four challengers in his own party: Mt. Airy resident and Mayor Kenney’s deputy secretary for public engagement, Nina Ahmad, third-term Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Braddock mayor John Fetterman, and Wyncote resident and banker/insurance broker Ray Sosa.

Four Republicans are running for the chance to run against the Democratic nominee: Lower Merion contracting and real estate broker Jeff Bartos, Allegheny County business consultant Kathleen Coder, pro-life advocate and two-time Constitutional Party candidate for Governor Peg Luksik, and Washington County commissioner Diana Irey Vaughn.


In the new U.S. 3rd District, Democratic incumbent Dwight Evans is being challenged by Kevin Johnson, President and CEO of the workforce development organization Philadelphia OIC. Republican candidate Bryan E. Leib has no challenger.

The same is true for the 4th State Senate district race that will see incumbent Art Haywood III. (Dem.) face James William (Rep.) in November.

For more coverage of the 200th District State Rep. race, see our feature in this issue.
An interview with incumbent, State Sen. Chris Rabb
An interview with challenger Melissa Scott
Story: Clash of styles in the 200th District

For more info on these and other races, see the Committee of 70’s election guide.

The deadline to register for an absentee ballot is May 8. To register for the general election visit by Saturday, Oct. 9, 2018.


9th ward polling places by divvision:
To determine your division visit

Divisions 1, 2, 3
Grace Epiphany Church, 224 E Gowen Ave.

Divisions 4, 5
Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting,
20 E. Mermaid Ln.

Division 6
Chestnut Hill Library,
8711 Germantown Ave.

Divisions 7, 8
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.

Division 9
Fire Engine Co. #37,
101 W. Highland Ave.

Divisions 10, 11
Saint Martin in the Fields Church,
8000 St. Martins Ln.

Division 12
Lutheran Theological Seminary,
7301 Germantown Ave.

Division 13
Allens Lane Train Station,
7294 Cresheim St.

Division 14, 15
Allens Lane Art Center,
601 W. Allens Ln.

Division 16
Chestnut Hill Apartments,
220 W Evergreen Ave.

Division 17
Chestnut Hill Towers,
7600 Stenton Ave.