When compared to 2007, the last like-year election in Lackawanna County, the Republican Party of Lackawanna County had about 30% more candidates in 2011 than they did in 2007. Once the dust settled from the Primary Election and the Party made a few appointments, we had a total of 76 registered Republican candidates going in to the November 8, 2011 General Election.
While the results are still unofficial, it looks like 57 of our 76 candidates won on Election Day – a 75% win rate. That does not include any write-in candidates that were successful or any registered Democrats that won on the Republican line. If we included those numbers in the total, our win rate would be even higher.
There are real success stories in these results. We added local officials in the county and, in some cases, added Republican elected officials in areas where there were none before.
We owe a sincere debt of gratitude to all who chose to run for elected office in Lackawanna County whether they won or lost. While we are working on increasing our number in the county, we remain only a 26% Republican county. In many of our municipalities, the rates were even lower than that. Despite the registration hurdles, all of our candidates sacrificed their time and their treasure to afford the voters of Lackawanna County choices.
Many of those that were unsuccessful in capturing enough votes to be elected were still successful in capturing a great deal of support from voters from other parties. That is an affirmation that our ideas, our values, and our principles cross party barriers and appeal to a wide array of people throughout the county. But, it also demonstrates that in 2012, much work remains to be done. We need to further organize our party committees in the county and its cities, boroughs, and towns.
Finally, with the redistricting paradigm reshaping the face of many of our state legislative districts, many of these races will be wide open. They are so dramatic that I would not be surprised to see challenges to current state representatives from their own party. We must work in earnest to recruit candidates for these positions. And, as a party, we must further improve our grassroots structure to offer all of our candidates the best possible support team available to them in the Commonwealth.
Thank you again to those of you that stepped up to serve as a candidate under the banner of the Republican Party.
Lance Stange, Jr.