Sunday, November 13, 2011

Post-Election Study of County Official Gender Breakdown

Before the election I looked at the gender breakdown of candidates for county office in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.  Now that the elections are over, let’s check in and see how things stand.

In Bucks, the register of wills office had been held by a Republican woman and will now be held by a Republican man, otherwise there was no change in the gender ratios. So there will be one less woman in county office. 

In Chester County the gender ratio in elected county offices will remain the same.  One more woman will be on the Court of Common Pleas. 

In Delaware County a woman was elected to county council but the incumbent woman ran for another office so the number stays the same.  One more woman will be joining the Court of Common Pleas. 

In Montgomery, the number of women in county office stayed the same.  Leslie Richards (D) was elected to the Board of Commissioners.  However, incumbent Controller Diane Morgan (D) lost to Stewart Greenleaf, Jr. (R ), so it evens out.   Another woman, Cheryl Austin (D) was elected to the Montgomery Court of Common Pleas. 

So over the four counties, for elected office, there was one gain and one loss.  It's a wash.  On the county's Courts of Common Pleas there were three gains.  

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