Walker, Dawson lead crowded GOP field

May 22, 2019

Somerset County Commissioner Gerald Walker and Somerset County Republican Party Chairwoman Colleen Dawson won the Republican primary Tuesday for county commissioner.

Walker, 54, of Stonycreek Township, received 4,279 votes. He said it is humbling to lead a large field of candidates.

“I just appreciate the fact the voters of Somerset County have chosen me once again,” he said.

When Walker first won four years ago, he also faced a field of six.

“Anytime you get that many people (and) the vote gets diluted you always have to be concerned,” he said.

Walker said he had a lot of supporters who helped him with his race.

“We invited all of them to come back and thank them and get ready for the fall,” he said.

Dawson, 58, of Stoystown Borough, was second in the field of six with 4,109 votes, according to Somerset County’s unofficial results.

Dawson said she worked hard because of all the support she received.

“I am so thankful to all of my supporters and all of the encouragement I had,” she said. “I worked hard because of them. I didn’t want to let them down.”

She said there were times during the campaign that she was concerned.

“Thank you for believing in me and thank you for doing your research,” she said about the voters.

She was followed by Max Merrill, 41, of Northampton Township, who received 2,731 votes.

“I just want to thank everybody who supported me,” he said. “It was a wonderful race. I look forward to continuing trying to make Somerset County great again.”

Thursa Trent Crouse, 50, of Somerset Borough, received 2,388 votes.

“This year’s slate of candidates included some very formidable opponents,” she said. “Individuals that I believe wish to serve the county with honor. I thank them all for their civility and wish success to Gerald Walker and Colleen Dawson as they move forward toward the fall general election.”

She said the experience has shown her personal strengths and weaknesses.

“I have been humbled by the support I received and honored to meet so many Somerset County residents,” she said. “I am grateful for this experience and the opportunity.”

Donnie Bumbarger, 54, of Jenner Township, received 1,576 votes.

“I want to thank them for their support,” he said of his supporters.

Curtis Morgese, 63, of Indian Lake Borough, received 524 votes. He said he was surprised by his results and may have underestimated the power of marketing.

“It was a good experience — I enjoyed it,” he said. “I think I am a little bit in shock to be honest with you. I really concentrated on trying to go meet people and I actually felt I resonated well.”

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