Centre County voter turnout only 17.92 percent |
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By Terry Whetstone and Tyler Kolesar Staff Writers
BELLEFONTE - In Centre County yesterday, decent weather did not make for a large turnout as only 17.92 percent or 19,245 of the registered voters turned out to cast a ballot. There are a total of 107,414 registered voters throughout the county and of them 43,964 are democrats and 41,606 are republicans. The rest fill in other parties.
Stacy Parks Miller received 16,641 and has retained her position as district attorney. That was 98.05 percent of the vote.
Carmine W. Prestia Jr. retained his position as magisterial district judge with 1,092 votes, which is 98.03 percent. There were 22 write-in votes. Leslie A. Dutchcot also retained her DJ's seat with 4,042, which is 98.59 percent of the vote. There were 58 write-in votes.
Kelley Gillette-Walker won her DJ's seat with 4,119 or 99.28 percent and there were 30 write-in votes and Steven Lachman won his position for DJ with 791 votes or 57.82 percent over Susan Bardo's 576 votes or 42.11 percent. There was one write-in vote.
Hope Miller (Republican) and Ruth Luse (Democrat) ran a tight race for Jury Commissioner with Miller taking the win with 9,625 (52.97 percent) and Luse grabbed 8,523 votes or 46.91 percent.
In Rush Township, Samuel Estright ran unopposed on both tickets for the position of supervisor and collected 476 votes or 77.78 percent. There were 136 write-in votes, or 22.22 percent.
In Philipsburg the borough council was seeking four council seats. The top vote getter was Barbara Gette (D) 233 (20.55 percent); Wanda D. Twigg McDonald (R) 209 (18.43 percent) of the votes; Harry C. Wood (R) 195; (17.20 percent); Sharon Goss (D), 165 (14.55 percent); Michael Vernon Wilks (R) 143 (12.61 percent) and Eric Bordas (I), 96 (8.47 percent). There were 93 write-in votes (8.20 percent.)
There was also at two-year interim position up for grabs, to replace Walt Chorle who resigned earlier this year. The seat was won by Goss as well, with 207 votes (80.23 percent) the others were write-ins, totaling 51 votes and 19.77 percent. In most elections when someone wins two positions, they are required to choose which position they desire.
The other seat will be filled when council appoints someone to the seat the first of the year.
The Philipsburg-Osceola School Board race was a close one in District 5 as incumbent Democrat Mary Ellen Holden lost by just two votes to Republican Robert Massung. The vote was Massung 130 (50.39 percent) and Holden 128 (49.61 percent).
There were no write-in votes.
In district 3 Nancy Lamb ran unopposed on both tickets and won with 81 votes (97.59 percent). There were two write-in votes.
District 7, write-in votes only, 133 (100 percent).
District 8, Susan McGee (D) 221 (96.93 percent) seven write-in votes (3.07 percent).