Welcome to the 2019 election page

Elections held on the years between Congressional Election years are called "Off Year Elections"

The term "Off Year' gives the mistaken impression that they are not as important as the Presidential and Congressional races. That's not true. The candidates chosen in the so-called  'Off Year' elections are the people that most directly effect you. Your County Commissioner and other elected County officials have a great deal to do with your immediate quality of life and decide how your taxes are spent. Your township or Borough supervisor drives the same roads that you drive and they are the ones who are responsible for maintaining them. Judges make decisions that may directly impact your life. Your school board members make decisions that profoundly effect your children. 

 It is unfortunate that so few people vote in these elections but there is one benefit to that. Because the number of voters is  small your vote counts more. We are presenting these candidates in time for you to check their record and make up your mind. Then, on Election Day Please 


County-wide Democratic Candidates running in the November General Election

Running for Re-election as County Commissioner-David Kovach


During his 4 terms in office Dave has been an extremely active Commissioner. In addition to working extremely well  for the good of Columbia County, alongside his co-commissioners, he can be seen at every activity from Eagle Scout Inductions to ground-breaking for many of the new Columbia County projects he has helped to facilitate.

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In the May 21st Primary Election Democratic voters have chosen all the candidates on this page and will be on the ballot for the General Election on November 7, 2019

Running as a first time Candidate for County Commissioner - Tim Burke


Tim Burke is the Mayor of Berwick Pennsylvania which has the largest full time population center in Columbia County. 

Running for re-Election -County Prothonotary - Barb Silvetti




Ms Silvetti is seeking her second full term in office.   She first ran to fill the unexpired term of Tami B. Kline.  She has a staff of six employees. Along with a bookkeeper they keep the daily routine of the office up to date.   She also serves on two different committees with the Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts and Clerk of Orphans' Court Associations. Her office attends to all criminal, civil and orphans court filings as well as attending all court hearings ; criminal routine court; criminal and civil jury trials; process passport applications and marriage licenses.   

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Running for re-Election - Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds- Brenda Lupini



During her 2 terms as Register & Recorder, Ms. Lupini has made upgrades to the technology in the office including downloading decedent estates back to 1813 and is currently back scanning older deed books into the Landex system, making this information available to searchers in the office and on-line. Since August of 2016, Vendors can submit documents for recording electronically via E-Recording, reducing the amount of paper documents being received and also reducing postage necessary for mailing back paper documents. 

As always, customer service is of the utmost importance and the well-trained and experienced staff is key to keeping the office running efficiently. 

Ms. Lupini is seeking a 3rd term as Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds. 



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Running for re-Election - County Auditor-Luther Black



Luther is a Bloomsburg native and has been County Auditor since 2008. He and his wife Kathleen have lived on 4th Street since 1978. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. He puts the same care he shows in his home improvement business into his work as County Auditor. He must audit, adjust and settle the accounts of many of the County’s officials and organizations. He loves working for the people of Columbia County and enjoys working with and giving to anyone who needs help. He hopes for everyone’s support in his bid for another term in office

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2019 Democratic Primary Election Results

Click action button below for Election results in all races (pdf)