Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David Moylan won the Republican nomination in the 17th Congressional District race Tuesday night by winning only in one of six counties, his home county, according to unofficial results.
Moylan will face U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, in November, who was unopposed in his party’s primary.
“I was humbled by the support I got out of Schuylkill County,” Moylan said, crediting his patients and colleagues with helping get out the vote. “What shocked me, though, was the turnout.”
He said that overall in the congressional district, it was just under 20 percent.
The 62-year-old physician won 44.73 percent of the overall vote in the six counties in the district, despite winning only in his home county. But he won big in Schuylkill County with nearly 76 percent of the vote.
Moylan collected 9,209 votes overall.
Opponents Matt Connolly, 48, and Matthew Dietz, 37, both of Northampton County, collected 33.75 percent (6,949 votes) and 21.52 percent (4,430 votes), respectively. Connolly won in five of the six counties in the district, including Luzerne County, where he received 637 votes, about 44 percent.
Cartwright, 53, was unopposed for the Democratic nomination to run for a second two-year term in Congress. He received 47,879, or 100 percent, of the Democratic votes cast.
The 17th Congressional District includes parts of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Carbon, Monroe and Northampton counties and all of Schuylkill County.
Moylan, a conservative who lives at Lake Wynonah in South Manheim Township, plans to keep the campaign issue-oriented.
“That’s all I want to talk about with Congressman Cartwright is the issues,” he said. “We’re at the crossroads with health care reform. I’ve been working with some of my colleagues on an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. The current form of the law is going to take us down the wrong path with disastrous results. It’s going to drive a wedge between doctors and patients.”
He also wants to talk about and how the 17th District is lagging behind in employment. And he wants to keep the abortion issue front and center.
In his first term as coroner, he is the medical director of The Simon Kramer Cancer Institute in New Philadelphia and the Joint Center for Therapeutic Oncology in Lehighton.
Cartwright also is in his first term. He defeated 10-term U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, a conservative Schuylkill County Democrat, in the party primary and then Republican Laureen Cummings that fall.