Voters select new school board members

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

With just one incumbent running for re-election to the Greencastle-Antrim Board of School Directors, the group was going to have a different look. Unofficial results from the Nov. 5 Municipal Election show that voters have kept the one incumbent in office and selected the three others who were listed as Republicans on the ballot.

Unofficial results released by the Franklin County Election Board Tuesday evening show incumbent Brian Hissong was re-elected, however Todd Kirkwood was the top vote getter in the race for four seats. If the unofficial results hold, Kirkwood and Hissong will be joined by Linda Farley and Lura Hanks for the four-year terms of office.

Current board members Joel Fridgen, Mike Shindle and Dr. William Thorne did not seek re-election.

The new board members will join Tracy Baer, Melinda Cordell, Ken Haines, Eric Holtzman and Mike Still, who are currently in midterm.

Kirkwood crossfiled and was listed as a Republican and Democrat. He garnered 1,345 votes. Hissong had 1,184 votes. Farley was the third highest vote getter with 1,111 votes and Hanks was fourth with 1,010 votes.

Unofficial totals for the rest of the field are: Ronald Powers (825), Jim Winslow (706) and Edward Jackson (667).

The open offices for Greencastle Borough Council and Antrim Township Board of Supervisors were not contested on the ballot.

For four councilperson spots the candidates received the following vote totals: Matthew D. Smith (407), Craig D. Myers (381), Charles R. Eckstine (358) and Larry J. Faight (291).

Incumbent Richard Baer received 1,113 votes for township supervisor. Current township tax collector Sue Myers got 1,270 votes.

In Greencastle, Mayor Robert E. Eberly was unopposed and received 460 votes. Tax collector Barbara Bock was also the only candidate on the ballot and got 469 votes.

In the other contested race on the ballot, Greencastle-Antrim voters opted for Jeremiah Zook, with 1,037 votes to Jeffrey S. Evans with 548 votes for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 39th Judicial District. Zook was on the ballot as a Republican and Evans as a Democrat. Countywide results were unavailable by presstime.