Primary election results are in for Greencastle-Antrim

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

It appears there will be new faces on all three boards that serve the citizens of Greencastle-Antrim in the borough, township and school district.

Although Tuesday’s election was a primary, it may have gone a long way towards knowing who will be sworn into office at the end of the year following the fall general election.

Unofficial results indicate the following:

School board

All nine of the candidates were cross filed as party voters selected five, however it looks like there will be seven candidates on the general election ballot in the fall. Unofficially that list includes three already serving: Eric Holtzman, Melinda Cordell and Paul Politis. Newcomers on the general election ballot will be Tracy Baer, Linda Farley, Mike Still and Ken Haines.

Longtime board member Howard Ritchey is out of the running, finishing last in each party ballot. Also finishing out of the running was newcomer Sheldon A. Schwartz.

Baer was the top vote getter on both ballots. The Republican tally was as follows: Baer 933; Holtzman 815; Haines 733, Still 690; Cordell 656; Farley 565; Schwartz 349; Politis 310; Ritchey 365. The Democratic tally was as follows: Baer 168; Cordell 141; Farley 138; Holtzman 129; Politis 128; Still 112; Haines 108; Schwartz 104; Ritchey 89.

Township supervisor

Write-in votes on the Democratic ticket that have not yet been enumerated may have an impact, but it appears that the lone incumbent in the race for Antrim Township supervisor has been outpolled. All four candidates were on the Republican ballot. Unofficial results show that John Alleman and Pat Heraty were the top two Republican vote getters. Alleman polled 682 votes and Heratry had 489. Incumbent Sam Miller was close with 429 votes and Larry Eberly had 275. There were 135 write-in votes on the Democratic ballot which may or may not get another candidate into the race for the general election.

Borough council

With party voters choosing three candidates for borough council, it was a matter of order on the Republican ticket and that came with some surprise. Jim Farley, who was recently appointed to the council, was the top vote getter with 244. Newcomer Frank Webster Jr. was next with 215 and H. Duane Kinzer, who had served for many years, was third with 161 votes. There were 41 write-ins, which, again, may or may not affect the tally. Wade D. Burkholder was the only candidate on the Democratic ticket and he garnered 71 votes. Unofficially all four should be on the general election ballot.

Other local offices

Local voters also cast 1,273 Republican votes for Duane K. Cunningham who is running for re-election to the Magisterial District Judge office. Cunningham got 270 Democratic votes.

William P. Needy was the lone Democratic candidate for Antrim Township auditor and got 135 votes. There were 24 write-ins on the Republican side.

County offices

Franklin County voters went for the incumbents as Bob Thomas (6,445) and David S. Keller (5,277) outpolled challengers Dan Pellicano (4,613) and Larry E. Funk (4,448). There were 44 write-ins cast. On the Democratic ballot incumbent Bob Ziobrowski collected 2,757 votes and Garry Gontz had 2,037. So the fall general election shapes up with Thomas, Keller, Ziobrowski and Gontz for the three commissioner seats.

Just one county office was opposed in the primary. Republican incumbent Linda Beard (7,061) outpolled John D. Cook (3,424) for the prothonotary nomination.

Statewide judges

Franklin County voters went on the Republican side for Vic Stabile (7,540) over Paula A. Patrick (2,403) for Judge of the Superior Court and with Anne Covey (7,152) over Paul P. Panepinto (2,596) for Judge of the Commonwealth Court; and on the Democratic side for Barbara Behrend Ernsberger (1,657) over Kathryn Boockvar (1,413) for Judge of the Commonwealth Court.

Turnout

The voter turnout was poor at just 21 percent. Of the 47,592 registered Republicans in Franklin County, just 11,600 or 24 percent went to the polls. Of the 25,363 registered Democrats in Franklin County, just 4,045 or 15 percent cast ballots.