BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Voters go to the polls next Tuesday to elect a U.S. Senator, Governor, Lt. Governor and Congressman to bring to a close an election cycle that most people will be happy to see end because of some contentious TV advertising.
For the U.S. Senate, Democrat Joe Sestak who upset incumbent Arlen Specter during the May primary, is squaring off against Republican nominee Pat Toomey.
For governor, attorney general Tom Corbett is the Republican nominee squaring off against Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato for the right to succeed Gov. Ed Rendell. The race also has write-in candidate Virginia Cody of Factoryville, who tossed her hat in the ring after she discovered she was on a watch list because of some sympathy with persons opposed to unbridled Marcellus gas development.
Cody is interested in a moratorium on Marcellus gas development, Onorato has said he favored a severance tax for Marcellus gas being extracted while Corbett opposes the tax.
For Lieutenant Governor, Democrat H. Scott Conklin and Republican Jim Cawley are squaring off for the state’s No. 2 post.
For the U.S. House of Representatives, 10th District which includes all of Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties, Republican Thomas A. Marino is seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Chris Carney in November.
In the State Senate, 20th District, Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Baker, is on the ballot unopposed
For the State House, 110th District, incumbent Republican Tina Pickett also is running unopposed.
For the State House, 111th District, Democrat Jim Knapp, and Green Party candidate Jay Sweeney are seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Sandra J. Major.
For the State House, 114th District which includes Factoryville and Forest City boroughs, Democrat Sid Michael Kavulich is squaring off against Daniel R. Naylor for the right to succeed Rep. Jim Wansacz who opted to run for the state senate in May, but was defeated.
For the State House, 117th District, Democrat Richard Shermanski, a newcomer to local politics, is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Karen Boback..
The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.