Some municipal races decided; many await write-in tallies
LOCK HAVEN — A total of 8,057 or 39.25 percent of registered voters in Clinton County cast votes Tuesday.
As already published in Wednesday’s Express, Republicans Miles Kessinger and Jeff Snyder join Democrat Angela Harding as Clinton County commissioners in January.
Incumbent Paul Conklin, a Democrat, was fourth and didn’t make the cut.
County Director of Voter Registration Maria Boileau confirmed Harding is the first woman to be elected a commissioner in Clinton County.
In the race for prothonotary, Republican Cindy Love defeated the incumbent Marie Vilello, who was seeking a third term.
Other county races and results follow.
5 Clinton County Sheriff Kerry W. Stover, a Democrat, unopposed, 7,561.
5 Clinton County District Attorney David Strouse, a Democrat, unopposed, 5,822.
5 Clinton County Register and Recorder Republican Jennifer Hoy, unopposed, 6,681.
5 Auditors Democrat Michelle Crowell, 3,627; and Republicans Brooke Fravel, 4,197, and Rita O’Brien, 3,956.
Also, Democrat Joel Long is Lock Haven’s new mayor, defeating Jeff Brinker by 41 votes.
And for Lock Haven City Council, Democrat William (Bill) Mincer and Republican Douglas Byerly were unopposed and retain their seats on council.
Richard Morris and Boomer Wadaska ran write-in campaigns and a large number of write-in votes were recorded and will determine who wins the third open council seat.
Three, four-year council seats were won by Republican Thomas Gordon, 188 votes; Democrat Donald E. Aungst, 147 votes, and Democrat Jeff Raab, 118 votes. The fourth candidate was Democrat Michael Bilbay who received 118 votes.
Democrat Elmer Christian, the only candidate for a two-year term, garnered 179 votes.
5 Dunnstable Township
Republican Thomas E. Bechtol Jr. won a six-year term as supervisor, defeating Democrat Donald J. Weise with 217 votes to 112.
5 Gallagher Township
Republican Kenneth M. Porter won a six-year term as supervisor with 88 votes. His opponent, Democrat Kenneth J. McCullough received 26 votes.
5 Lamar Township
Democrat Larry Rhine outdistanced Republican Martin M. Salinas for a six-year supervisor seat. Rhine got 328 votes to Salinas’ 236.
5 Porter Township
Republican Philip Courter is the winner of a six-year supervisor seat, with 294 votes. Also on the ballot was the name of Democrat Nevin L. Courter, who recently passed away, after the ballots were printed. Nevin got 55 votes.
5 Wayne Township
Republican James B. Maguire won another six-year term as supervisor, defeating Democrat Robin Condo by a margin of 233 to 193.
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There were four, four-year seats open and one. two-year seat open.
Four seats had one unopposed candidate on the ballot, while the fifth had no candidates listed on the ballot.
5 In Region III, (Beech Creek Borough and Township; Liberty and Curtin townships, Centre County) there were no candidates on the ballot for a four-year term.
However, within the region there were 83 write-in votes in Beech Creek Township and 63 write-ins in Beech Creek Borough.
When the write-in votes are counted, that vacant seat may be filled.
5 In Region IV ( Dunnstable, Pine Creek II,Wayne townships) Democrat Jeff Johnston was the only name on the ballot and received 810 votes to win a four-year term.
5 In Region VI (Allison Township, Lock Haven 2nd and 3rd Wards) Republican Randy Strouse was the only candidate on the ballot for the four-year term. He received 360 votes.
5In Region VIII (Bald Eagle, Castanea townships and Flemington), Democrat Boise Miller was the sole candidate for the four-year seat. He garnered 936 votes.
5 And in Region II (Lamar Township, Mill Hall Borough), Democrat Elisabeth Lynch was the only candidate seeking the two-year seat. She received 754 votes.
Approximately 51 offices on the ballot had no candidates listed, many of them auditor positions.
However, there’s a good chance some of those positions will be filled with write-in candidates.
To win a vacant seat, a candidate must earn 10 or more write-in votes in the primary while in November it is simply whoever has the most write-ins.
In the event any position is not filled and no write-ins take place, that municipality may appoint a person to serve temporarily until the next municipal election.
Municipalities also have vacancy boards that work within an additional 15 days after a 30-day expired time limit to find a qualified person. If the board cannot fill the vacancy, the county Court of Common Pleas is petitioned by the chair to fill it.
The counting of write-in votes is part of the official recount that begins on Friday, according to Boileau.
It’s expected the recount will not be completed until early next week due to the amount of write-in votes, she said.
The recount also includes counting of provisional ballots, remaining absentee ballots and verifying the numbers from election night, Boileau said.
She added that there were no major problems with the new voting machines used for the first time on Tuesday. “There were some little blips, but nothing big.”