Trucking to the Polls

You may not know their names, but candidates with trucking connections were on ballots in several states.

One of the best known, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., handily won reelection, defeating Democrat Cassandra Shober and four other candidates — including New Jersey UPS driver and Libertarian candidate John Ordille.

LoBiondo, 66, whose family ran a trucking business, LoBiondo Bros. Motor Express, from 1927 through 2011, first ran for the House of Representatives in 1994.

He is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

His immediate priority: delivering Hurricane Sandy relief to New Jersey.

In Pennsylvania, prosecutor Kathleen Kane, 42, became the first woman and first Democrat elected as the Keystone State’s attorney general.

Her campaign received a $2 million boost from her husband, Chris Kane, chief customer officer and grandson of the founder of Scranton, Pa., trucking and logistics operator Kane is Able, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

In New York, Republican and YRC Worldwide board of directors member Matt Doheny failed in his bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Bill Owens.

Doheny and Owens battled to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District, which covers the northern reaches of the state, including the Adirondacks.

Doheny is the founder of North Country Capital. In 2011, he joined board of directors at less-than-truckload giant YRC Worldwide.

YRC Worldwide donated $5,000 to his campaign, according to the Post-Star of Glens Falls, N.Y.

Boyd Applegate, a 56-year-old truck driver, never ran for office, but he’s a familiar sight to voters in San Diego, where he’s been a poll worker for 20 years.

Applegate, who mainly hauls military freight, was profiled by National Public Radio.

He was named a Goodyear National Highway Hero in 1993 for saving the lives of three people in two separate accidents and has logged nearly 5 million accident-free miles.

“I still love to toot the horn when I see a kid yank his arm down in the window in traffic,” he told NPR. He takes election day off to volunteer as a poll worker.

Now that’s a public servant.

Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com and follow him at twitter.com/wbcassidy_joc.

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