Election Results Posted For Bradford, Wyoming, and Susquehanna Counties
McLinko and Miller Garner Top Votes in Bradford County
By Rick Hiduk
The results of Tuesday’s voting yielded few surprises in Bradford County, where the biggest race was between four candidates vying for three County Commissioners seats. In a typically strong showing for Republican contestants that was seen throughout the county, incumbent Commissioner Doug McLinko and new candidate Daryl Miller garnered the most votes at 6,562 and 5,416 each, respectively. Incumbent Democrat Mark Smith retained his seat with 4,848 votes, and Democratic contender Gene Osmun lost his bid for the commissioner’s post with a respectable 4,093 votes of the 20,426 cast.
Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman, District Attorney Daniel Barrett, Sheriff Clinton Walters and County Treasurer Becky Clark were unopposed and retained their respective seats, as did Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Orphans Court Shirley Rockefeller. Auditors Audrey Allen, Susan Storch, and Jeff Warner were winners under similar conditions, as were incumbent Magisterial District Judges Tim Clark and Fred Wheaton.
Democrat David Wecht lost his bid for Superior Court Judge to Republican Vic Stabile, who took more than 62 percent of the vote. Republican prothonotary candidate Sally Fairchild Vaughn, who had met some resistance and dealt with criticism for her revamping of the prothonotary office during the past year, won her bid for reelection by a comfortable margin, garnering 6,709 votes, while Democratic contender Michael Shultz received 3,842 votes. Republican Anne Covey beat Democrat Kathryn Boockvar in the race for Judge of Commonwealth Court by taking 71.39 percent of the vote.
In Towanda’s Second Ward, Republican Paul Sweitzer pulled off a relatively narrow win over Democrat Steve Michel with 85 votes to 76 to secure a borough council seat.
The majority of municipal races offered few, if any, contestants, leaving several borough councils and supervisor boards incomplete, in addition to other key municipal roles. Write-in votes, which do not become official until canvassing by the Bradford County Election Board begins on Monday, Nov. 14, could determine a number of seats or challenge apparent wins by candidates who were officially on the ballot.
In Albany Township, Democratic supervisor candidate Stanley David Bundle appears to have a solid win with 129 votes over supporters of write-in contender Kyle Bird, who garnered at least 15 unofficial votes. In Monroe Township, Peter Hay received an impressive 88 unofficial write-in votes but was unable to unseat David G. Dunn, who took 54.67 percent of 214 votes cast there. Roger Druck also ran a formidable race as a write-in contestant for Rome Township Supervisor with approximately 96 unofficial votes, but could not beat Republican Gary N. Hosley, who garnered 140 votes. One contest where it appears that a write-in candidate might have caused an upset is the race for Sheshequin Township Supervisor. Republican Eric P. Matthews, who was on the ballot, received 87 votes, compared to approximately 120 unofficial write-ins for Les Wanck.
According to Bradford County Director of Elections Renee Smithkors, “As long as we can determine the voter intent, the name will be counted.” Wanck’s name was spelled 13 different ways on write-in ballots, but 93 of his votes were penned consistently.
Smithkors noted on Wednesday that Tuesday’s election ran relatively smoothly.
“Overall, I’m pleased,” she stated. “We had minor problems in the morning on the western end of the county, but, when I talked to the Department of State later in the evening, our minor problems were nothing compared to problems elsewhere in the state.”
More official results from the election in Bradford County will appear in next week’s Rocket-Courier and online at www.rocket-courier.com.
In Wyoming County, Henry Sweeps Commissioners’ Election; Williams Gains Minority Seat to Return to Courthouse
By D.C. Koviack
Just under 36 percent of registered voters in Wyoming County cast ballots Tuesday and although the majority of races were unopposed, the commissioners’ race and the contest for sheriff were two that brought people out to the polls.
Newcomer Tom Henry (R) garnered the most votes in the commissioners’ race with 3,683. Incumbent Judy Kraft Mead (R) was next with 2,616. Democrat Ron Williams received 2,463 votes, handily defeating incumbent Democrat Stark Bartron, who received 2,019 votes. Williams, who served as Wyoming County Commissioner in the 90’s and the early part of the last decade, will return to the minority seat at the courthouse starting in January when Bartron and retiring Commissioner Tony Litwin relinquish their positions.
The sheriff’s race saw Edward “Ned” Sherman (R) pitted against Duane Marbaker, Jr. (D). Sherman won decisively, with 4,274 votes to Marbaker’s 1,394. Present Sheriff Richard Montross will retire from his position at the end of this year.
Only two seats were open for county auditor, but three people stood for election. Judy Shupp and William Eggleston, both Republicans, were the top two vote getters and will therefore occupy the auditors’ chairs come next year. Shupp received 3,786 votes and Eggleston 2,978.
Laura Dickson, a Democrat, was the third name on the ballot; she received 1,898 votes. Prothonotary Karen Bishop, who has been acting prothonotary since last year’s departure of Paulette Burnside, won election to the position. Dennis Montross will also retain his position as register and recorder. Both he and Bishop were unopposed.
In local races, councilpersons and school director candidates ran unopposed and were re-elected. The mayoral seat was open in Meshoppen Borough, but no one was on the ballot for the job. There were 10 write-ins for the position, but the results of write-in votes will not be available until next week. Results of the voting tally are unofficial until they are verified later this week.
Susquehanna County Election Results Offer Few Surprises
By Sandra Raub
Municipal elections in Susquehanna County ran much as predicted, with incumbents DA Jason Legg, Coroner Anthony Conarton, Treasurer Catherine Benedict, Register and Recorder Mary Evans, and District Judge Jeffrey Hollister retained, while Jodi Cordner will replace retiring Peter Janicelli for the District 34-3-02 Judge position.
A shift in the balance occurred in the commissioners’ race, with incumbent Mary Ann Warren (D) edging out fellow Democrat incumbent Leon Allen to retain her seat, while the Republican side gains force with Alan Hall (R) taking a 30 percent share, joining incumbent Michael Giangrieco (R), who held his position as the third commissioner.
The three county auditor positions will also be held by incumbents George Starzec, Holly Bialy and Susan Jennings, with challenger Melanie Kozlowski garnering just 17 percent of the vote. One other contested seat in the county was Harmony Township Supervisor, where Republican Chad Towner gained a one-vote victory over incumbent Frederick Jackson (D).
Rush Township’s single six-year supervisor seat goes to Donald Herman, Sr., who edged out Charles Pierson, while Kevin Stockholm takes the four-year seat and Jennifer Ramey becomes auditor. For Oakland Township Supervisor, William Wynn topped Jamie Rodriquez Chilewski by just a handful of votes, while Deborah Zayas takes the fourth seat for Susquehanna Borough Council, gaining just one vote over David Scales, Sr. Roberta Kelly, Allen Wolf and Roy Williams take the other three borough council seats.
In Auburn Township, George Gregory and Eric Place took supervisor and auditor, respectively, while in Bridgewater Township, Charles Mead topped Peter Kane for supervisor. Also in Bridgewater, Dawn Arnold, Peggy Jerauld and Beverly Way landed auditor positions.
Uncontested Dimock Township Supervisor seats went to Matthew Neenan and Charles Baker, with Henry Spering taking auditor and Thomas Vlachos as constable for the township. Franklin Township Supervisors will be Daniel Depue and Lee Burch, and the three auditor places filled by Jeffrey Sammon, Catherine Chiarella and Carolyn Pratt.
In Jessup Township, Dennis Bunnell took supervisor, Brenda Bennett, auditor, and Diane Truman, tax collector, as expected, while in Lathrop Township, Paul Himka and Regina Evans took uncontested seats for supervisor and auditor, respectively. Daniel Jones, likewise, landed the supervisor position in Middletown Township, as did Robert Curley for auditor in the same township.
Montrose Borough's uncontested council seats went to Randall Schuster, Tom Lamont, Julianne Skinner and Tony Pickett, along with Darrell Sands elected constable, while Springville Township named Jerry Ainey and Duane Wood as supervisors.
A smattering of write-in votes popped up across the county for positions listed as open, primarily constable. No word issued yet as to if or when these positions will be filled.
Open auditor slots in Friendsville Borough garnered write-in votes in the single digits, while the Springville Township Auditor office was awarded to Ruth Casselbury. Lathrop and Middletown Townships do not report victors in their auditor races.
Elk Lake and Montrose Area school board elections listed victories for Chuck Place, current Elk Lake board president, along with Anne Teel, Matthew Curley and Alice Carr, also in Elk Lake district. In Montrose, Pamela Staats secured her board seat, as did Mary Homan and Kathleen Mordovancey, while Chris Caterson and Douglas Wilcox landed the two seats in Region 2 over John Delaney. The Jessup Township seat saw a handful of write-in votes, but no victor has been named.