City sees under 300 write-in votes for Republican mayor
By LAURA JAMESON
LOCK HAVEN –Who will be the Republican candidate for Lock Haven mayor on the November election ballot?
You’ll have to go to Clinton County’s official election web site at www.clintoncountypa.com this morning to find out.
That’s because write-in votes for Republicans Jeff Brinker and Rick Conklin were not individually tallied until past midnight last night – beyond The Express’ print edition deadline.
As of press time last night, a total of 263 write-ins were counted in Lock Haven’s five wards.
A candidate must earn a total of 100 write-in votes to be placed on the ballot, county Voter Registrar Maria Boileau said.
Conklin, a current city councilman, and Brinker, a local physical education teacher, both launched write-in campaigns.
If both Conklin and Brinker earn 100 votes, the candidate with the higher number will be place on the ballot for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, Boileau said.
Last night’s numbers are unofficial until a recount is done, she said.
The recount starts at 9 a.m. Friday.
Democratic candidate for city mayor, current Councilman Joel Long, ran uncontested and came away with a total of 299 votes to face an opponent in November.
Two candidates were listed on the ballot for two of three open council seats as well.
Councilman William “Bill” Mincer, a Democratc, earned 400 votes and was uncontested.
Councilman Douglas Byerly, a Republican and also uncontested, earned 372 votes.
Overall, just 23 percent of 4,347 registered voters cast ballots.
That’s only 1,008 ballots cast yesterday in all five wards.