Good news! It seems the Joanne Jackson garnered more than enough write-in votes on Tuesday to make it on to the ballot in November as the Democratic candidate running for state representative in District 131 against incumbent Republican Representative Justin Simmons.
We knew election night that she had over 100 write-ins in the Upper Perkiomen Valley alone (300 total in the district are needed to secure one’s place on the ballot), thanks to local democrat volunteers standing at the polls handing out write-in information for Jackson’s candidacy. According to this morning’s edition of the Morning Call;
Joanne Jackson, a former Allentown School Board director, received 571 write-in votes for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 131st District, an unofficial tally Friday of Lehigh County machine ballots showed.
Republican Simmons had the second most write-in votes on the Lehigh Democratic ballot with 52. Simmons easily defeated Bill Coyle on the Republican ballot.
Small portions of the state House seat spill into Northampton and Montgomery counties.
While the vote count has yet to be certified officially, there is every reason to believe that Democratic primary voters got the job done.
Joanne Jackson has already reached out to thank the people in the Upper Perkiomen Valley who supported her, and has expressed interest in attending future UPDC meetings and events in the months leading up to the election.