My heartfelt thanks go out to all the Democratic Committee members and volunteers who contributed to my campaign for Commissioner in Mt. Lebanon’s 4th Ward. Tonight, we won our primary and will move onto the general election in November where we will face Mr. Fischer, the Republican candidate, who also won his primary.
For the past several weeks, dozens of supporters came out to make calls, knock on doors, and distribute literature for my campaign, and the campaigns of other endorsed Democrats in Mt. Lebanon. We reached thousands of voters to remind them of the primary election and to discuss the important issues we face here in Mt. Lebanon.
Since the November 2016 election, energy has been mounting in our neighborhoods. Thousands of activists have begun letter-writing campaigns, joining resistance groups, and calling for town hall meetings from elected officials. That enthusiasm poured over into the primary and was on display in tonight’s election results.
On the surface, the fact that we are both moving to the general is not necessarily newsworthy – these were uncontested primaries. However, when you drill down into the vote by precinct inside our ward and consider the overall turnout of Democrats and Republicans – an interesting story begins to develop.
Allegheny County Elections Bureau  results from tonight’s primary election show a total vote count for Mt. Lebanon’s 4th Ward at 700, which can be seen in the table below.
|District||Craig Grella Vote||Craig Grella %||Bob Fischer Vote||Bob Fischer %||Total Vote||%|
When you consider the overall vote, we garnered 510 of the 712 votes for a total of 72% of the vote. This high Democratic turnout was seen all across the state with Democrats turning out at a rate of nearly 4:1 in some districts, as was the case in 3 of our 7 wards; and with the other 4 wards not far behind.
This does not yet include absentee ballots or the write-in vote (which was minimal), so the number could change, though not likely by much. When the vote is certified, we’ll report the final numbers here. **Update: 5-18-2017: the county has updated its election results with absentee ballots. The numbers above were updated and the final results are shown in the table above as reported by the county elections bureau. These results must now be certified and finalized by the elections team and will be reported as final.
In the meantime, thank you again to all the volunteers and supporters who helped get the word out, and thank you to the residents of Mt.Lebanon who voted today.
Progress in our ward will be made with an honest and open conversation on the issues, not through fancy campaign slogans, pretty brochures, or large political yard signs. In line with that belief, we will continue to discuss the issues and have conversations with residents throughout the 4th Ward in the months to come.
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