More than 100 offices up for grabs in Clinton County

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN — The primary election in Clinton County next Tuesday will be a little different this year. As usual, there will be a Democratic ballot and a Republican ballot.

But there will also be a special ballot for all voters to elect the state’s 12th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House, which was vacated by Republican Tom Marino shortly after he was elected last November to a fifth term.

The names of Republican Fred Keller and Democrat Marc Friendenberg will be on that special ballot, which will be available to all voters, no matter their political party.

Friendenberg says he is no politician. In 2012, Marc was recruited for a teaching position at his alma mater, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, and returned to State College. Today, he serves on the Faculty Senate and teaches classes related to cyber law and the global economy.

Keller, on the other hand, is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A member of the Republican Party, he is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 85th district.

Meanwhile, in Clinton County, there will be 125 public offices on the Democratic and Republican ballots in the primary.

In addition, there are several residents who have announced they seeking write-in votes to get on the November general election.

Most notably are Richard Conklin and Jeff Brinker, who are seeking the Republican nomination for Lock Haven mayor by way of write-ins. It takes 100 write-in votes to get on the ballot for mayor in November. Should both reach that number, the one with the most votes will go against Democrat Joel Long, the only mayoral candidate listed on the ballot, in November.

The county received a total of 31 nomination petitions for the Democratic ballot and 49 for the Republican ballot, according to Maria Boileau, county director of voter registration.

Boileau said there are a lot of offices where no candidates have filed petitions to get their names on the ballot and write-ins could play a role in the election,

A write-in candidate must receive as many write-in votes as are required to file a petition to get a candidate’s name on the ballot. That number is 10 for municipal offices and school board positions in Clinton County. For those seeking a city of Lock Haven or Clinton County office, the number is 100, she said.

Most eyes will be on the county commissioner race next Tuesday, with six candidates filing petitions — Democrats are Paul Conklin, the incumbent, and Angela Harding. Republicans are Jeff Snyder, the incumbent, and Mitch Christensen, Miles Kessinger and Michele Whitney.

In the primary, voters will vote for two, sending the top two vote getters on the Democratic ballot and the top two vote getters on the Republican ballot to the November General Election. All four names will be on the November ballot and the top three vote getters will win county commissioner seats.

There will also be interest in the races for two Keystone Central School Board, where five seats are up for grabs this year on the nine-person board.

In Region II, Elisabeth Lynch has crossfiled and her name will be on both the Democratic and Republic ballots. She’ll face Gregory D. Mayes on the Republican ballot and Paul Washington on the Democratic ballot, as neither Mayes nor Washington have crossfiled.

And in Region IV, incumbent Debra Smith will run against Jeff Johnston. Both have crossfiled and their names will appear on both ballots. Johnston is a former board member who resigned when he moved from the region he represented. He is seeking election in Region IV where he now resides.

Other Keystone Central board members, all of whom have crossfiled and will appear on both ballots, include Wayne Koch, incumbent, representing Region 1; Randy S. Strouse in Region VI and Boise Miller, incumbent in Region VIII.

Candidates on the

ballot for county

offices follow:

– Prothonotary — Democrat, incumbent Marie Vilello; Republican Cindy Love.

– District Attorney — Democrat, incumbent David Strouse.

– Auditor — Democrat incumbent Michelle Crowell; Republicans, incumbent Rita O’Brien, and Brooke Fravel.

– Sheriff — Democrat incumbent Kerry Stover.

– Register and Recorder — Republican incumbent Jennifer Hoy.

Candidates listed for offices in the city of Lock Haven follow:

– Mayor — Democrat Joel Long is the only name on the ballot. However, Jeff Brinker and Richard Conklin have announced that they will seek the Republican nomination as write-in candidates.

– Council member — Democrat William H. Mincer; Republican Douglas T. Byerly.

Municipal candidates on the ballot follow:

– Allison Township — Republican Fran Johnson for supervisor; Democrat Polly Spangler for auditor.

– Avis Borough — Democrats Jeff Raab, Donald E. Aungst and Michael Bilbay and Republican Thomas Gordon, four-year council terms; and Democrat Elmer Christian Jr., two-year council term.

– Bald Eagle Township — Republican C.L. Tuff Rine Jr., two-year supervisor term, and Republican Stephen Tasselli, six-year supervisor term.

– Beech Creek Borough — Democrat Lynn Gray and Republicans Greg Small and Michael R. English, four-year council terms. Also, Republican Tammy J. Bechdel, auditor.

– Castanea Township — Republican Brandon Coleman, six-year supervisor.

– Chapman Township — Republican Tim Horner, six-year supervisor.

– Crawford Township — Republican Gerald Seyler, six-year supervisor; Democrat Andrea Meixel, two-year tax collector.

– Dunnstable Township — Democrat Donald J. Weise and Republican Thomas E. Bechtol Jr., six-year supervisor term.

– Flemington Borough — Democrat Jo LaRocque, Republican Wayne Allison, four-year council term.

– Gallagher Township — Republican Kenneth M. Porter and Democrat Kenneth J. McCullough, six-year supervisor. Republican Margaret G. Neff, six-year auditor.

– Greene Township — Republican Robert W. Bressler, six-year supervisor seat.

– Lamar Township -Democrat Larry D. Rhine and Republican Martin M. Salinas, six-year supervisor; Republican Larry E. Habesevich, six-year auditor.

– Leidy Township — Republican Charles E. Cross, six-year supervisor; Republican Susan L. Clemmer, four-year auditor.

– Loganton Borough — Democrat Judy S. Karstetter and Republicans Christopher Scaff and Myron Seyler, four-year council; Democrat Jane Rossman, six-year auditor term.

– Logan Township -Republican Dan McCormack, six-year supervisor.

– Mill Hall Borough — Democrat Frederick C. Bucheit and Republicans John W. Gugliocciello Jr., Daniel McCloskey and Brandon Irvin, four-year council.

– Noyes Township -Republican Richard A. Grenell Jr., six-year supervisor.

– Pine Creek Township — Republicans Thomas G. Wilt Jr., six-year supervisor and John M. Reese, four-year supervisor.

– Porter Township — Democrat Nevin L. Courter, six-year supervisor; Republicans Sharon Schrack, six-year auditor and Janice Keller, four year auditor.

– Renovo Borough — Republican David Knauff and Kristy Serafini-Brooks, four-year council member.

– Wayne Township — Republican James B. Maguire and Democrat Robin Condo, six-year supervisor.

– Woodward Township — Democrat John L. Barth II, six-year supervisor.

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