Campaigns start in full force
Del. Margaret Ransone and Attorney Patrick O’Brien
Labor Day is the traditional start of fall political campaigning, but in Northumberland County the four candidates for clerk of the circuit court started well before then, plastering the county with their political signs.
More recently, the four of them, Tony Allison, Tom Tomlin, Deborah Bingham and Ellen Douglas have stepped up the pace of their campaigns with appearances at well attended public events and campaigning person to person and door to door.
Allison and Bingham have been going door-to-door for some weeks and Tomlin said Saturday that he is beginning to do it, too. Douglas noted she has also been going door to door after work and on weekends.
Although the clerk’s post is the only local contested election in Northumberland this fall, Tomlin said he understood the county registrar had ordered 7500 ballots in anticipation of a large turn-out due to the clerk’s race. Registrar Kathy Goddard said she always orders plenty of ballots to make sure there are enough for all voters.
How a large turn-out would impact the statewide races is anybody’s guess. Democratic Party county chairman Frank Korba said Monday that his committee is actively promoting the party’s statewide candidates and the Republican county committee’s vice-chairman, George Beckett said his committee is doing the same for the GOP’s candidates.
Korba said that because of the clear differences in the “progressive” Democratic candidates and the “conservative” Republican candidates “this is probably the most important race for Democrats in a long time.”
Beckett pointed out that Northumberland and Lancaster county Republicans have opened a campaign office across from Lancaster High School where yard signs and campaign literature is available for GOP supporters.
With the season’s traditional start, Del. Margaret Ransone visited both the Northumberland County Republican Committee meeting and a meeting of the Northumberland County Political Caucus Thursday evening. Although Ransone has no opposition this year, both groups pledged to put up signs for her and otherwise try to assure a large vote on her behalf. While no deal was involved, Ransone agreed to sell tickets to the Northumberland Republican’s annual oyster roast that will be at Cowart’s Seafood Oct. 5.
Tomlin is the only clerk’s candidate endorsed by a party. The local GOP committee has endorsed him, Beckett said. Tony Allison has the support of the Northumberland Political Caucus, which is primarily made up of Republicans.