Unofficial Primary Election Results: Hahn Wins Democratic Mayoral Nomination, Myers, Lafer, Murphy Clinch Borough Council

Following the closure of all 91 precincts in Centre County Tuesday night, the results of the 2017 Municipal Primary Election show that Don Hahn will receive the Democratic mayoral nomination for State College. Hahn received 43.81% of the vote and beat out State College businessman Michael Black and current State College Borough Council members Catherine Dauler and Janet Engemen. Hahn is a local attorney as well as the current vice president of the State College Redevelopment Authority.


There was no candidate on the Republican ballot, but Hahn could potentially face an opponent in the general election, after all Republican write-ins are tallied and the leading person has at least 10 votes.


For the State College Borough Council, nominations for the Democrats include Evan Myers, Theresa Lafer, and Dan Murphy, who beat out Steve Mower, Marina Cotarelo, and Rylie Cooper.


Myers and Murphy were endorsed by BugPAC, a student centered political action committee with the goal to “reclaim State College.” Other candidates backed by the PAC included mayoral candidate Michael Black and Borough Council candidate Marina Cotarelo.

Borough Council consists of seven members, which each person elected to four-year terms that overlap. Duties for the members  include creating policy and the council is also responsible for municipal government. Borough Council positions are part-time and receive no pay.


Bernie Cantorna won for District Attorney, beating Stacey Parks Miller, who held the position since 2010, with a vote of 7,156  to 3,135.  Cantorna, a native of Chicago, is a  partner in the local firm Bryant & Cantora served as a trial attorney for 27 years and also serves as a senior staff member at the Trial’s Lawyer’s College.


According to the Centre County website, election results are unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections.

The general election takes place on Nov. 7, 2017.

Photo Credit: Adriana Lacy | The Underground 



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