Race for judge tops ballot in Berks; polls open at 7 a.m.

Reading City Council president also on ballot

READING, Pa. - Months of campaigning are about to come to an end for candidates on the ballot in Tuesday's general election.

Topping the ballot for voters in Berks County is the race for an open seat on the bench in the Court of Common Pleas. The candidates for judge are Democrat Tina Boyd and Republican Ben Nevius.

Boyd began her career as a clerk for the late Berks County Judge Elizabeth Ehrlich. She currently works with the Boyd & Karver law firm in Boyertown.

Nevius, works as a commercial litigation partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. He began his career as a judicial clerk for former Berks County President Judge Jeffrey Schmehl.

The winner will replace Judge Scott Keller, who retired last year.

Separately, Timothy Rowley is on the ballot for a second 10-year term as common pleas judge in Berks. The retention vote is "yes" or "no."

The other countywide races on the ballot Tuesday are for coroner and prothonotary.

In the coroner's race, longtime incumbent and Democrat Dennis Hess faces Republican James Wilson, a retired police officer who once worked as a deputy coroner.

In the other race, acting Prothonotary and Republican Jonathan Del Collo is hoping to win his first election, having long served as chief deputy prothonotary. He's going up against Democrat Osmer Deming, an attorney and former law clerk for Judge Jeffrey Schmehl.

Treasurer Dennis Adams is running unopposed in his bid for a second term.

In Reading, City Council President Jeff Waltman, a Democrat, is being challenged in the citywide race by Republican Sheila Perez. Waltman has been a member of council since 2000 and has served as president since 2015.

Elsewhere in Berks, voters will be deciding several municipal and school board races.

Statewide, voters will be asked whether they want to amend Pennsylvania's constitution to authorize local taxing authorities, such as school districts, to use the state's homestead exclusion program to excempt homeowners from all property taxes on their primary residences.

Polls in Berks County will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday. You can find your polling place on the county's elections website.

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