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|Commonwealth of Susquehanna National Elections, 2005|
|August 9, 2005|
Governor before election
The 2005 elections were the first elections in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna as an independent nation. They were surprisingly civil for being the first actual elections. These elections set the tone for the future of the nation. The Republican Party secured governorship, but the Democrats seized both the House and the Senate in the General Assembly. Surprisingly both parties agreed to focus on rebuilding the nation and eliminating the raiders around the nation. The elections were held later than usual due to the late planning, so they were on the 9th of August.
Due to rapid chain of events between the decision to form an independent nation, and the elections, each party agreed to skip the primary elections for that year and select a candidate on their own. The four largest parties all fielded governors and lieutenant governors and several members for the General Assembly. After a hastily assembled convention by each party, each candidate announced their plan to run between March 20th and March 26th.
- Republican Party- Since they already had a member in the position of Provisional Governor, it did not take long for them to agree on their candidate. John Gordner was selected on the second day of the convention, and he selected Lou Barletta as his running mate.
- Democratic Party- After a five day caucus, the Democratic Party agreed that their best candidate for the elections was a politician from the town of Danville named Robert E. Belfanti. He had formerly served as mayor Danville, and as a Representative for Montour County.
- Libertarian Party- The Libertarian Party held a small caucus to decide their candidate for governorship. David Argall, a lawyer from Schuylkill County was selected.
- Unionist Party- Due to the small size of the Unionist Party, their caucus only lasted one day, with the group agreeing that David Millard, a business owner and local politician from Bloomsburg. He was elected due to his ability to interact with the people, and the fact he had been on the Bloomsburg Town Council at the time.
Since the campaign season was short, each candidate did not have a large amount of time to garner support. Most of the candidates concentrated on the larger boroughs and towns, but there was some minor town hall meetings in some of the smaller communities. There were three debates held, one in Bloomsburg, one in Danville, and one in Berwick. The first two focused on a different issue, while the last was a town meeting style, with the public able to ask questions.
The Bloomsburg Debate was held at Bloomsburg University in the auditorium, which was able to host the people there to watch, as well as reporters from the Press Enterprise, and SBC One. The major topic of the debate was the economy and increased industrialization. A debate host asked the questions, and each candidate was given time to answer the question. Overall, John Gordner was seen as winning this debate, by political commentators being firm with his answers and clear on the meaning. David Miller performed poorly overall, mainly due to the responses he gave, it was obvious he wanted the new Commonwealth to join State College and rely on their government to rebuild.
The Danville Debate was smaller, and held in the Montour County Courthouse. It was open to newscasters and reporters only due to the small size of the room used. Overall, the topics related to foreign policy, and national defense. As with the previous debate, there was a host to monitor the candidate and keep the time limit. Political analyzers agreed that, again, John Gordner had won the debate, performing far better than the other candidates, although Robert Belfanti was very close behind. Gordner did not give much away, due to the fact he said, quote; "There are other arrangements that need to be made with the General Assembly and our militia before I will release any other details."
Finally, Berwick High School hosted the final, town hall style debate, with a debate host only monitoring for time. The public was allowed to ask questions to the candidates, who would each be given a chance to answer. Many of the questions dealt with the national transportation, healthcare, and communications. Belfanti was seen to have won in this debate, with Gordner again coming in close second. Gordner's major stumbling block was his uncertainty over whether he would fund Geisinger in their production of various medicinal plants or leave them to private funding.
Elections were held around the Commonwealth for all seats in the government, due to the transition from a provisional government to a national government. They were held on August 8th around the nation. The local radio station continued to broadcast all day to keep up with the polls and commentators and were running on a special program.
Voting booths were set up in all the major communities in Susquehanna. The entire day, it was seen that John Gordner was ahead by several points.
Overall, the Republicans carried the executive branch and won majority of the seats in the General Assembly. Democrats came in close behind.
There were 17,943 voting age individuals, and 13,481 registered voters. Surprisingly 11,835 managed to vote that day, when the government believed that only 7000 to 9000 would make it to the polls.
- Republicans- Columbia, Montour
- Democrats- Schuylkill
- Libertarians- None
- Unionists- None
Susquehanna Broadcasting Company Station One provided live coverage from a temporary setup at the Caldwell Conservatory. They covered the election counts as they came in, and who was winning as each community's results were received by horseback and messenger.
The Press Enterprise had several reporters on site and interviewed most of the candidates, as well as political commentators. That evening a special paper was released to all subscribers.