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Sylvis, Shenkle outpolled by challengers; Mollica, Beers receive most votes for Sandy Twp. supervisor seats

Few contested races were on the ballot in DuBois and Sandy Township in Tuesday’s primary election, but it appeared township voters may be ready for a change on the Board of Supervisors.

Samuel J. Mollica III garnered the most votes (473) out of the four Republican candidates vying for two six-year term seats as township supervisor, while William A. Beers Jr. received a total of 466 votes. They beat out incumbents Andrew P. Shenkle (390), who was seeking a second term, and David E. Sylvis Sr. (262), who was seeking a third term. There were 13 write-in votes.

A township supervisor is responsible for carrying out day-to-day duties of improving the community, enacting ordinances, adopting budgets and levying and enforcing taxes. There are two six-year term seats open.

Below are more unofficial election results from Clearfield County.

All results are unofficial until certified by the Clearfield County Board of Elections. These results do not reflect total write-in votes, which will be available at the later date.

City of DuBois

Mayor

In the City of DuBois, Democrat Randy E. Schmidt is the lone candidate for mayor and received 283 votes. There were 13 write-in votes. This is a four-year term.

City controller

In the City of DuBois, Republican Shane T. Dietz was the sole candidate for controller and received 443 votes. The controller serves as the chief accounting officer and auditor and it is a four-year term.

City council

City councils must hold one meeting a month, ensure city records are kept, hire and fire personnel, set compensation for city employees, provide municipal services, set an annual tax rate and establish an annual budget, delegate duties to the city manager, act as a vacancy board and attend conferences and training. There are two four-year term seats open.

In the City of DuBois, candidates included incumbents Democrat Diane Bernardo, with 301 votes, and Republican Edward L. Walsh, with 428.

DuBois Area School District

A total of five candidates were on Tuesday’s ballot for DuBois Area School Board.

In Region A, which represents the City of DuBois, there are two four-year terms available but only one candidate was on Tuesday’s ballot.

Dustan R. Dodd, the only candidate who cross-filed and appeared on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, received 290 votes. There were 12 write-in votes.

Incumbent Lee Mitchell did not seek re-election for his Region A seat. In December 2017, he was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of former Director Scott Farrell, whose term expires in December. Also not seeking re-election is incumbent Albert Varacallo III, who was appointed in April 2018 to fill the unexpired term of Ben Haugh, who resigned due to personal reasons.

In Region B, which includes the Borough of Falls Creek, Bloom, Huston, Sandy and Union townships, Gilbert J. Barker, an incumbent, received the most votes with 942, while Kristy Marie Baughman received 230 votes and there were two write-ins. Both candidates cross-filed.

Barker was appointed by the board in August 2018 to fill the unexpired term following the July 29 death of Randall L. Curley Sr., whose term expires in December.

It was a tight race in Region C, which is comprised of the communities of Reynoldsville, Sykesville and Troutville, as well as Brady and Winslow townships, where two four-year terms are open.

Incumbent Mark J. Gilga received 72 votes and Robert G. Wachob garnered 70 votes and both cross-filed. There were 76 write-in votes.

Incumbent Patty Fish did not seek re-election for a Region C seat on the school board.

Members of a school board are responsible for superintendent employment, policy development, curriculum and budget of the district, overseeing facility issues and adopting bargaining agreements.


Photo by Chris Wechtenhiser 

DuBois Central Catholic's Ashley Wruble (8) blasts a two-run home run to left field in the top of the third inning Tuesday against Coudersport that father Brian Wruble, left, proudly shows off after catching it on the fly. Also pictured with Brian Wruble is Coudy left fielder Paiton Whipple, who tracked the ball all the way to the fence. The younger Wruble was 3-for-3 with the two RBIs and three runs scored in a 15-3, 5-inning victory in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal game.


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Jefferson County holds municipal elections, Bullers ahead for Register and Recorder

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County Elections Director Karen Lupone said turnout was down in voting Tuesday. She said 97.30 percent of votes in the precincts were tabulated and 6,083 total ballots were cast.

The race for Register and Recorder was one of the only contested races Tuesday. Current Register and Recorder Diane Maihle Kiehl, who has held the position for many years, decided not to seek another term. Several candidates stepped forward to take her place come next year.

The Courier Express will have the full results as the polls are released.

Judge of the Superior Court

Voters were asked to pick two candidates for Judge of Superior Court. As of press time, Democrats Amanda Green Hawkins and Beth Tarasi and Republicans Megan McCarthy King and Christylee Peck were ahead.

Register & Recorder

Brianna Bullers led the votes for register and recorder with 34.38 percent with the next closest candidate being Donna J. Cooper at 28.13 percent.

Sheriff

As of press time, incumbent Carl Gotwald Sr. (Republican) was ahead for sheriff by 96.19 percent, with Paul J. Pape (Democrat) receiving 82.51 percent of the votes. The two will likely face off in the November election.

County Commissioner

Voters were asked to select two Democrats and two Republicans for the Jefferson County commissioners race. On the Democratic ticket voters could choose incumbent Jeff Pisarcik and newcomer Kelly Harrige. On the Republican ballot, residents cast their ballots for incumbents John “Jack” Matson and Herb Bullers Jr.

County Auditor

B. Jean Shaw was ahead by 97.65 percent in the race for county auditor as of press time.

Punxsutawney Borough Council

William “Bill” Williams, Jim Bianco and Robert “Toby” Santik were ahead in the race by 31.88 percent, 18.84 percent and 17.03 percent, respectively. Voters were asked to choose no more than three candidates.

Punxsutawney School Board

David Wachob was ahead by 100 percent as of press time for Punxsutawney School Board Region 1. Janey London was ahead by 80.72 percent as of press time for Punxsutawney Area School Board Region IX. Deneen Evans was ahead by 76.12 percent as of press time.

Brookville Borough Council

Candidates for Brookville’s Council included incumbents Phil Hynes and Randy Bartley, as well as newcomer Todd C. Gumpher. All were listed on the Republican ballot with no Democrat candidates. There are three four-year term seats open. A two-year term seat had not candidates listed on either ballot but write-in votes were listed.

Brookville School District

Five seats were open on the Brookville School Board with only four candidates cross-filing. These included incumbents Kerith Strano Taylor, Richard Ortz and Fred Park as well as newcomer Herbert W. McConnell Jr.

Brockway Borough Council

In Brockway three seats are open on council for a 4-year term and one seat for a two-year term. On the Republican ballot Lugene Inzana was the lone candidate for the two-year term while Chris Benson, Brian Buesink and Michael Martino ran for the four-year terms. On the Democratic ballot showed no candidates.

Brockway School Board

Katie Bish and Bob Grecco were listed for Brockway School Board Region I. Voters were asked to choose two candidates. Both cross-filed and were the only two listed.


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Elk County has 33 percent voter turnout at May primary

Elk County voters headed to the polls for May’s municipal primary election Tuesday, with 6,203 ballots cast and a 33 percent turnout.

Listed are the unofficial results from Tuesday's primary election in Elk County. Absentee and provisional ballots are not included and will be added into the totals during the official count.

Elk County Elections Director Kim Frey said official results will begin to be counted May 24, and are expected to be completed by May 29.

County auditor

The Office of the County Auditors consists of an elected board of three auditors. The County Auditors audit, prove, and adjust the accounts of all the Offices of Elk County including row offices.

Current Elk County Auditor Kathy Morton McMahon (2,228) led with the most votes as the only Democratic candidate. Jean Zore (1,418) was the top taker on the Republican ballot, leading Sandra Caltagarone by two votes. Daniel Jones (1,063) and Kim Gaylor Eckert (1,024) were also on the ballot.

County commissioners

Matthew Quesenberry Sr. (1,759) led for re-election on the Democratic ballot with Raymond Krise (1,216). Roger Vonarx (590) was also on the ballot.

Joe Daghir (2,190) and M. Fritz Lecker (1,248) defeated former commissioner Janis Kemmer (1,138), with Lyle Garner (540) and Seth Higgins (666) also on the Republican ballot.

Prothonotary

Incumbent Susanne Schneider (2,983) ran solo on the Republican ballot.

Register and recorder

Three candidates ran to replace Pete Weidenboerner following the end of his 2020 term. Lee Neureiter (1,819) led on the Republican ballot against Mark Cunningham (1,357). Ron Beimel (2,025) ran solo on the Democratic ballot.

County treasurer

Incumbent Peggy Brown Schneider (2,457) ran for re-election as treasurer on the Democratic ballot. Matthew Frey (2,873) was the Republican-ballot candidate.

County coroner

Michelle Muccio (3,087) was re-elected to remain in the Elk County Coroner position.

Sheriff

Elk County Sheriff Todd Caltagarone (3,055) ran solo for re-election on the Republican ballot.

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 59th Judicial District

Elk County District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon was the top choice by both parties (2,052) on the Republican ballot and (1,757) on the Democratic ballot, defeating Bradley Kraus by 799 votes on the Republican ballot and 750 on the Democratic ballot.

The seat, which serves Elk and Cameron counties, was recently vacated by President Judge Richard Masson.

Township Supervisors

A township supervisor is responsible for carrying out day-to-day duties of improving the community, enacting ordinances, adopting budgets and levying and enforcing taxes.

BENEZETTE — C. Doug Ruffo (39) led on the Republican ballot to remain a Benezette Township Supervisor for four more years, with John Roush Jr. (34) for a two-year term and Benezette Township Auditor Robert Davis (27) for a six-year term.

FOX — Matthew Pontzer (367) ran solo on the Republican ballot and Incumbent Mike Keller (258) on the Democratic ballot.

MILLSTONE — Incumbent James F. Zimmerman (13) ran on the Democratic ballot for a four-year supervisor position, leading Supervisor Eric Patton (12) on the Republican ballot by just one vote.

RIDGWAY — Candidate Milly Bowers (211) ran solo for a Ridgway Township Supervisor position.

HIGHLAND — Republican candidate Carrie Dempsey (42) was the only candidate running to fill a seat.

JAY — Joe Uberti Jr. (94) led Rich Filer (83) on the Republican ballot, while and Democratic candidate Guy Allegretto (82) led Democratic candidates Murray Lilley (50) and James Hetrick (62).

JONES — Republican candidate Fred Maletto III (91) defeated Tim Fitch (63), while current supervisor C. Fred Swanson (99) ran solo on the Democratic ballot.

SPRING CREEK — Mark Gasbarre (13) ran solo on the Democratic ballot.

HORTON — Incumbent William Fred Wolff (41) was the only running candidate.

Johnsonburg Borough Council

Councilman Scott Cherry (143) ran to keep his seat, leading J R Depanfilis (109) on the Republican ballot. Incumbent James Deangelo (173) ran solo on the Democratic ballot.

Ridgway Borough Council

Councilman Dale E. Anderson was re-elected for a seat, defeating Terry Hertzog (208) and Ralph Russia (231) on the Republican ballot. Councilman Frank Quattrone (306) ran for re-election on the Democratic ballot.

City of St. Marys Council

Incumbent Andrew Mohney was re-elected for a St. Marys City Council seat (1,116) on the Republican ballot. Joseph Fleming (1,089) and Bob Roberts (848) took the two vacant seats.

School boards

Johnsonburg Area School District — Incumbent Janice Carnovale ran to keep her seat for another four-year term in Region I, with (309) on the Democratic ballot and (269) on the Democratic ballot.

Incumbent Sarah Grunthaner (196) was also on the Republican ballot to keep her seat in Region II.

Andrew Leslie (231) ran on the Democratic ballot to keep his Region III seat.

St. Marys Area School District — Current St. Marys Area School Board President Eric Wonderling ran for another four-year term in Region I on the Republican ballot (649), with incumbent Lewis A. Murray (629) running for a two-year re-election period.

Incumbent Timothy Frey (575) and Stacy McKee (502) ran to keep their Region II seats on the board.

Kathy Blake (378) and Jerry Zimmerman (236) ran for re-election in Region III against Melissa Lundin (361).

Ridgway Area School District — Incumbent Jeannie Allenbaugh (412) and Andrew Thompson (314) ran to keep their seats on the Republican ballot, with Krista Wolfe (261), Johan Holtz (286), Sandy Lawrie (384), Amy Goode (275) and William Seely (230).


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Primary Election: Most voters stayed home in Clearfield County

Most Clearfield County voters stayed home instead of voting in Tuesday’s Municipal Primary Election.

Clearfield County’s Director of Elections Dawn Graham on Monday predicted a low turnout — 18 percent. And while about 24 percent actually showed up to the polls, that was still a small percentage.

There are 12,527 registered Democrats and 19,557 registered Republicans eligible to vote — a total of 44,392. On Tuesday a combined total of 10,739 people cast their votes.

“It’s been quiet and a relatively slow day as far as phone calls and stuff, so I assume it’s been the same at the polls,” Graham said.

Clearfield Borough’s 1st Ward was the first precinct to bring their results to be counted at 8:29 p.m. Within seconds, Clearfield Borough’s 4th Ward brought its results in as well.

“It was a really smooth day,” Graham said. “We had very few issues. We had a few issues at opening but we always do. They were minor issues — it was nothing out of the ordinary.”

Low turnouts were reported across the county. At the Hyde precinct, voter 43 cast his vote at 8:40 a.m.

In Grampian Borough, residents were voting at a new polling site at the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Judge of Elections Barbara McCracken noted a sign was posted noting the new location at the site of the former precinct at the Grampian Firehall.

The number of voters had been low throughout the morning and early afternoon, she stated, adding that only 15 of the borough’s 186 voters cast their ballots by 1 p.m.

McCracken said in previous years, the hours between 3-5 p.m. are the polling locations busiest times.

“I anticipate more will come then,” McCracken said.

In Pike Township, voter numbers were also minimal at the Pike Township Municipal Building poll site.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. only 151 of the 1,283 township voters who are registered had cast their ballots.

“It has been extremely slow. I expected a better crowd,” Majority Inspector Tammy Miller said.

At Morris Township’s second precinct, there were 88 voters as of 3:45 p.m., which was on pace to topple last year’s primary election numbers. Last year saw 94 ballots cast out of a then 557 registered voters.

Bradford Township’s second precinct — with its polling place located in the township building — saw low numbers that could be contributed to the ongoing issues regarding which polling location residents should be at. Judge of Elections Mickey Holt said as of about 4:40 p.m, they had 116 voters.

“It was slower this morning than it is now,” Hoyt said. “It’s picked up a little bit (in the late afternoon/early evening) but not a lot.”

As far as comparing to previous years, Hoyt said she has worked Election Day for about 10 years now, with 2-3 of those being the Judge of Elections.

“It’s the slowest one I’ve ever worked,” Hoyt said.