It was quite interesting and quite nice to be more informed when I went into the privacy booth to place my vote in Tuesday's primary. Most of the primaries went as they should have and party lines were followed. The contentious race between Don Skomsky and Rita Arnold came down to Rita edging out Mr. Skomsky even though there had been a nasty muckraking letter that had been sent out to approximately 4,000 voters by someone who obviously had a severely misplaced idea that the kind of verbiage that was used to denigrate Rita Arnold and many republican constituents would actually help Dom Skomsky. When it came time to count the ballots that letter had backfired and Rita Arnold won.
The race that I was most interested in was for the three seats that will be vacated in 2011 on Downingtown Borough Council. On the West End Nick Winkler was facing the write in candidate Elizabeth Shingle, but in the end Nick placed on both ballots and Ms. Shingle will not be considered unless she mounts another write in campaign which, in my opinion, would be fruitless and a waste of money. While Betty has some very strong supporters, they are of what I think of as the "Old Guard" and with four candidates running who are under 30, more people are looking for progress not the same old same old. Nick, while known in D'town quite well, he is fresh blood and new ideas which is what we sorely need at this end of town.
The East End was a hard fought ballot. Alex Rakoff won the Democratic vote and Matt Zaun came out on top on the Republican side. Cara DeStefano ran a well thought out write in campaign to crush the hopes of former Mayor and Council member Heather Bruno. This end of town should produce an interesting year since it will come down to the final vote in November. I do not live on the East End of town, but am acquainted with all of the candidates, except I know Alex's wife a bit better. Out of all of them I feel Matt would be the most beneficial for the borough. While a really quiet gentleman he has a concise vision for what he feels the borough needs to move along at a pace that will keep D'town vital yet not have it lose it's historical feel.
I will be watching closely as this all unfolds because I may be a transplant but Downingtown is my home.