Primary Election Results: Hall Joins Three Incumbent Susquehanna Commissioners in Fall Race
Voter turnout was low for Susquehanna County, and counting of the ballots at the courthouse was done before midnight. The total voter turnout was 29.64 percent of registered voters, with Republicans putting in a better show than Democrats with 32.88 percent versus 25.05.
Clifford Township had the lowest voter turnout with 15.56 percent, while Harmony Township had the highest with 47.18.
Two races were of particular interest for the county. Four Republicans were running to fill two slots on the Republican side for commissioner. These included incumbent Michael Giangrieco who received the highest number of votes or 2,122, with Alan Hall coming in second with 2,097. Fred Baker received 1,856 while Ricky Oakley got 1,225. So, Giangrieco and Hall will be on the ballot in November against the only two Democrats who ran in these primaries. Both are incumbents, Mary Ann Warren with 1,592 and Leon Allen with 1,225 votes. In November, voters will vote for two of the four, with the three highest vote getters filling the office.
Other county offices, those of District Attorney, Treasurer, Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds and Coroner, had all incumbents running unopposed.
Incumbent Republican County Auditors George Starzec and Holly Bialy will be on the ballot in November along with Democrat incumbent Susan Jennings and newcomer Melanie Kozlowski. Like the commissioners, voters will cast ballots for two in November with the three highest vote getters winning.
The other major race was for District Judge in Magisterial District 2 in the county. It is located in New Milford and the current judge, Peter Janicelli, will be retiring. Three candidates were vying for selection, with all of them cross-filing in both parties. Jodi Cordner won both of the party races and will be listed as both the Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate in the fall. She received 754 votes on the Republican ballot and 435 on the Democrat. The other contenders, Kathleen Ragard, got 439 and 304 votes, and Ray Telnock received 406 and 147.
In local races, there were few contests and many open slots. Rush Township had a contest for the six-year position of Supervisor, with incumbent Charles Pierson winning on the Democrat ticket with 41 votes versus Peter A. Bronzonis, Jr. who took 31. Donald Herman, Sr. ran unopposed on the Republican party and will run against Pierson in the fall.
Elk Lake School board members, Alice Carr, Anne M. Teel, Matthew E. Curley and Chuck Place were all running unopposed, so will be on the November ballot. Additional results can be found at the county's web site www.susqco.com.