Who is Running for Bucks County Office?

The primary election is May 21. Check the list below to see who is running for open positions on the county level.

Though it may lack the glamour of a national campaign, this election year is no less important, especially if you believe in the old adage, "All politics is local."

The following are the candidates running for office at the county level and seeking the nomination from the May 21 primary (incumbents are bolded). The unofficial list has been provided by the Bucks County Board of Elections office.

The last day to register before the primary is April 22. Pennsylvania has a closed primary, meaning that only party members can vote for candidates in their party. Democrats vote for democrats, and republicans vote for republicans. Independents cannot vote in the primary election.

The general election takes place November 5, 2013. The last day to register for the general is October 7.

State Office

PA Judge of the Superior Court

Vic Stabile (R)

Joseph C. Walters (D)

Jack McVay (D)

Allegheny County Judge Ron Wyda withdrew his name near the end of March, politicspa.com reports, sealing the Republican nomination for Stabile.

Bucks County Elected Offices

District Attorney

David Heckler (unopposed)


Edward Duke Donnelly (R)

Tom Lingenfelter (R)

Dennis McCauley (D)

There’s already some drama in this race after a judge ruled last week that incumbent Edward Donnelly could keep the nickname “Duke” on the ballot.


Michelle Christian (R)

Patricia Bachtle (R)

Ronald Jay Smolow (D)

Recorder of Deeds

Joseph Szafran (R)

Alex Lipton (D)

County Controller

Raymond McHugh (R)

John Jordan (D)

The Bucks County Democratic Party has endorsed Walters for superior court, McCauley for sheriff, Smolow for prothonotary, Lipton for recorder of Deeds and Jordan for Controller, according to phillyburbs.com.

The Republican party has endorsed Christian over five-term incumbent Bachtle, phillyburbs.com reports, plus Donelly for sheriff, Heckler for district attorney, Szafran for recorder of deeds and McHugh for controller.

John Q April 09, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Very disappointed that Heckler is running unopposed. Bucks County deserves better.
Shelley Warren April 09, 2013 at 12:03 PM
What about the County Court of Common Pleas, aren't there Judges running for retention?
Tami Lesh April 09, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Are there any mom-Partisan offices?
RDD April 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Disappointed you bolded incumbents. They already have advantages. Looks like an implied endorsement. Why not be neutral?
jeff rogers May 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
when i see incumbents bolded it reminds me to vote them out. keep highlighting them thanks.


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