(UPDATE): Speck gets Dem nod to run for Phoenixville mayor

PHOENIXVILLE — Mike Speck won his rematch with Letitia “Tish” Jones in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary and will go on to face the unopposed candidate on the Republican ballot, Ken Buckwalter.

Speck and Jones originally faced off in 2007 competing for a seat on the Phoenixville borough council representing the East Ward.

Winning 240-117 over Jones, Speck and Buckwalter will face off in November for the chance to succeed retiring mayor Leo Scoda, who won’t seek a fifth consecutive turn in office.

Scoda has been invovled in politics and other community organizations in Phoenixville since the 1970s.

A council member since 2008, Speck is an active member of the PHoenixville Fire Department and a retired Marine.

“A long day has come to an end and I would like to thank my opponent for running a good campaign and the voters who decide all elections,” Speck said. “I am both humbled and proud to be your candidate for mayor. Thank you very much and Semper Fi.”

Speaking to The Mercury for a campaign profile, Speck said his service on council is a valuable asset to his candidacy as mayor.

“I’m open, understanding and willing to listen to our community and address issues head on,” he said.

Elsewhere in Phoenixville, Kyle Guie secured the Democratic primary for a Middle Ward council seat over Renee Broberg. Guie, a council member last year who gave up his seat when he had to move for work, moved back to Phoenixville earlier this year.

According to multiple sources, Broberg dropped out of the race but did so too late to take her name off the ballot.

She could not be reached for comment before the election to confirm.

According to unofficial results from Chester County’s voter website Guie won 51-42.

Voter turnout appeared low in Phoenixville, which Speck said made his victory in the primary “kind of bittersweet.”

“You always want to get people involved,” he said.