Key state, federal offices up for election in November ’18

Voters will have a big say this year in determining the composition of the U.S. Congress and the state Legislature.

A number of seats are up for grabs in 2018, including congressional seats and state House spots representing the local region.

Voters also will cast ballots for Pennsylvania governor this year.

Gov. Tom Wolf, an incumbent Democrat, is finishing out a four-year term.

In the state General Assembly, all 203 House seats are up for re-election.

They include the 84th Legislative seat held by state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and the 83rd seat of Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township.

House seats are up for election every two years.

Twenty-five of the 50 state Senate spots will be contested in 2018, not including the 23rd state Senate seat held by Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township.

Each of the 435 U.S. House seats are up for election.

They include the 10th Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Loyalsock, and the 5th House seat of Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard.

Two candidates, Democrat Judy Herschel and Republican Doug McLinko, have announced they are running for the 10th House spot.

Running against Thompson is Democrat Mark Friedenberg.

Voters will go to the polls to elect 33 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats in 2018.

Bob Casey Jr., the incumbent representing Pennsylvania, faces challenges from a number of candidates.

They are: Democrats Brian Kelly and Ray Uhric and Republicans Paul Addis, Cynthia Ayers, Lou Barletta, Jim Christiana, Paul DeLong, Bobby Lawrence, and Joseph Vodvarka.

The Senate seat held by Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, is not up for election this year.

Election Day will be Nov. 6, preceded by the state primary on May 15.

The last day to register before the primary is April 16, according to the state Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation.

The last day to register before the November election is Oct. 9.

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