2017-05-20 / News

PoCo races come down to write-ins

With just a handful of races on the ballot and few people stepping up to run for local public office, Tuesday’s Municipal Primary Election in Potter County was relatively uneventful. Big winners were magisterial district judge candidates Annette Easton and Chris Kalacinski.

Easton won both party nominations over challenger Brenda Daisley Whitman as she seeks to serve her fourth six-year term. She’ll be unopposed on the November general election ballot. Vote margins were 606-152 for the Republican ballot and 243-74 among Democrats.

Political newcomer Kalacinski cruised to both nominations for the Galeton/Ulysses district judge seat and will also be unopposed in the fall. His margins over Michael M. Murray were 448- 214 Republican and 180-73 Democrat.

There was a heated race for seats on the Genesee Township Board of Supervisors that could spill over into the fall campaign. Incumbents Scott Luce and Scot Miller are the apparent winners of the Republican nominations, although results will not be official until certified by the county canvassing and computing board.

Luce turned back challenger David L. Furman, 87-53, while Miller appears to have edged James A. Smoker, 71- 70.

It’s a different story for the Democratic nominations. Write-in vote tallies by the county board will determine those.

Among other scattered races, Ed Bell won the Republican nomination to run for mayor of Shinglehouse, 78 to 20, over Dan Mertsock.

Also, Wayne Hathaway defeated Wayne Wentzel to take the Republican nomination for a seat on Coudersport Borough Council from Ward 1.

None of the results will be official until certified by the county board, which will be busy in the coming week tallying the hundreds of write-in votes that have to be assessed for numerous party nominations.

Voter turnout was less than 25 percent.

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