The Montgomery County Commissioners race is starting to heat up, now that the uncontested primaries are over. On the Democratic side we have incumbent Ruth Damsker and former congressman Joe Hoeffel. A number of people (myself included) think the race will hinge on who gets third place. Joe Hoeffel and Republican Bruce Castor, currently the county's district attorney, are assumed to take the top two spots. Damsker will duke it out with incumbent Republican Jim Matthews.
This is borne out by a poll from Bennett, Petts & Normington. The The telephone survey was conducted among 500 likely voters on May 9, 10 and 14. The sampling error for the poll is plus or minus 4.4 percent.
From the press release:
Hoeffel leads the trial heat match-up with 49 percent of the vote. Damsker is currently third with 30 percent, four points ahead of fellow incumbent James Matthews. District Attorney Bruce Castor, who is running for county commissioner, ran second in the poll with 42 percent of the vote.
With the margin of error that puts Damsker and Matthews neck and neck.
In the poll, nearly half of all voters (48 percent) said they would like to see the Democrats win a majority on the board of commissioners. Only a third (33 percent), said they would like to see the Republicans in the majority. In response to another question, only 36 percent of the respondents said the Republicans have done a good job managing the county and deserved to be elected, while 53 percent believe the Republicans have been in power too long, and it is time to give the Democrats a chance.
Former Montgomery County commissioner Jim Maza and state party committeewoman Joanne Olszewski are serving as Damsker and Hoeffel's campaign co-chairs. Tony Heyl has come on board as finance director. The campaign website is votedamskerhoeffel.com