Pike candidate bested in house race
Adam Rodriguez from Middle Smithfield defeats Christa Caceres for a chance at the 189th District seat this November

Christa Caceres and Adam Rodriguez

Pike County voter may have rallied around Christa Caceres in Tuesday's Democratic primary for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, but the votes were just not there.
Adam Rodriguez, a product designer from Middle Smithfield township in Monroe County, defeated Caceres, 1,013 to 795, on a stormy election day filled with downed trees and power outages, which may have depressed turnout. He will vie with Rosemary Brown, the incumbent, to represent the state's 189th district, which encompasses 10 towns in both Pike and Monroe counties. Caceres is from Lehman Township in Pike County.
Caceres and Rodriguez are both newcomers to politics.
Rodriguez stated during his campaign that he wants to address income equality by raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour.
"We are at our best when we understand that this country was built on a system of high wages," he said.
He also supports a "Medicare for all" health plan for Pennsylvanians.
Rodriguez says he intends to lower property taxes, which he says "are a real problem for my fellow Monroe and Pike County Residents, where we pay nearly three times the state average in an area where 54K per year is the average salary for a family of four."
He proposes using revenue from a liquified natural gas severance tax and fix the school funding formula’s weighted average.
Other racesIn other competitive Pennsylvania primaries Tuesday:
U.S. Senator: Louis Barletta will appear on the Republican ballot after winning 63 percent of the vote statewide. Barletta was Pike's favorite, getting 81.85 of the vote locally. Barletta will face the incumbent, Democrat Robert Casey.
Governor: Scott Wagner received 44 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, and will face off with the incumbent governor, Democrat Tom Wolf. Wagner bested Paul Mango, who was the favorite in Pike, where he received 45 percent of the vote.
Lieutenant Governor: John Fetterman received 38 percent of the Democratic vote statewide, beating four other opponents. He will face Jeffrey Bartos, who won 47 percent of the GOP vote statewide against three opponents. Bartos was also the favorite in Pike, with 43 percent of the vote; but Pike Democratic voters backed Kathleen Cozzone over Fetterman, with 31 percent of the vote.
U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District: John Robert Chrin narrowly won the Republican primary against two opponents to represent this newly drawn district. Pike's GOP voters also clearly prefer Chrin, giving him 67 percent of the vote. He will face Democrat Matthew Alton Cartwright.
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