Phillips out as Northumberland County controller
SUNBURY - Democrat Christopher Grayson said he was overwhelmed by his victory Tuesday over incumbent Republican Tony Phillips in the Northumberland County controller's race.
The Mount Carmel resident received 7,582 votes compared to Phillips' 6,591 votes, according to unofficial results.
"I can't thank my family, friends and supporters enough," Grayson said after the election results came in. "My hat goes off to Tony Phillips for running a clean campaign. We ran on merit and personal background, and I'm looking forward to doing the best job I can for the taxpayers of Northumberland County."
Phillips was running for a four-year term as controller after being elected in 2011 to complete the last two years of the term originally won in 2009 by Chuck Erdman.
Erdman resigned to take a state job.
"You win some, you lose some," he said. "I tip my hat to Christopher Grayson and wish him the best of luck."
In the county coroner's race, Democratic incumbent James Kelley, with 8,951 votes, will remain in office after a victory over Republican opponent Leo Mirolli Jr., with 5,330 votes.
In the race for county prothonotary, Republican Justin Dunkelberger, with 8,348 votes, won over Democrat Meg Bartos, with 5,340 votes.
Both individuals were newcomers to the position. Prothonotary Kathleen Wolfe Strausser did not seek re-election.
While Dunkelberger said he was happy about his win, he was distraught over Phillips' loss. Dunkelberger said the 108th legislative district abandoned the incumbent controller.
He also added, "I commend my opponent (Bartos) for working hard."
Kelley said he appreciated the people who came out to vote Tuesday.
"I'm ecstatic with the results, and I want to thank my family, friends and everyone who supported me during the past few months," he said.
Republican incumbent register of wills, recorder of deeds and clerk of the orphan's court Mary Zimmerman, who did not have any opposition, won with 11,386 votes.
Out of the 53,472 registered voters in 94 county precincts, 14,944 (27.9 percent) ballots were cast.
In last year's general election, 58 percent of the registered voters went to the polls, largely because of the presidential election.