2017-10-07 / Front Page

Election apathy; deadline Tues

Dozens of public offices that have a major impact on life in Potter and Cameron counties will be filled during the Nov. 7 municipal election. However, on multiple instances, there are no candidates.

Voters must be registered no later than Tuesday, Oct. 10. That’s also the deadline to change party affiliation and report change of address.

In Potter County, District Attorney Andy Watson and Coroner Kevin Dusenbury, as well as District Judges Annette Easton and Kari McCleaft, are unopposed for new terms. Newcomer Chris Kalacinski is running to succeed retiring District Judge Delores Weiss in the Galeton/ Ulysses area.

Andy Dubots is unopposed for mayor of Coudersport.

Vying for a seat on Borough Council representing Ward 1 are incumbent Bryan Welsh (D) and former councilman Wayne Hathaway (R). Voters in Ward 2 face the odd situation of a candidate seeking two separate Council seats. They’ll choose two members for a four-year term from among Gary Walaski (R, D), April Castano (D) and Brian Ruane (R). Walaski is also the lone candidate for a two-year term.

In Austin, Bill Solomon is seeking re-election to Borough Council. There are no candidates for the other three seats up for election this year. Jim Setzer is running for another term as mayor. Galeton Mayor Joe Petrencsik is running for one of two open Borough Council seats from Ward 1. Incumbent Robert Pflug is seeking the other seat. There are no candidates for a Council seat representing Ward 2. Vince Salvadge is the sole candidate for mayor.

School board candidates are also scarce. Many districts have fewer candidates than seats available.

In Austin, Nancy Glover and Michelle Valenti are seeking the two seats in Region I (Austin Borough). The four seats in Regions II (Keating and Sylvania) and III (Portage and Wharton) failed to draw a single candidate.

Meanwhile, incumbent Russell Streich seeks re-election to the Coudersport Area School Board representing Region III (Hebron, Sweden, Homer, Summit and Allegany Independent). Carol Carts is also unopposed in Region I (Coudersport Ward 1 and Eulalia Township). A seat in Region II (Coudersport Ward II) has drawn no interest.

Four candidates have emerged to fill five open seats on the Galeton Area School Board. Unopposed candidates are Bethany Fuller, Mary Geiter, Charles Bach Jr. and Bonita Stover.

Similar trends have emerged in Cameron County. District Judge Barry Brown, Sheriff Al Neyman and Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay are unopposed.

Running for mayor are Justin Zimmer and George Sowers. Unopposed candidates for Borough Council seats are LuAnn Reed, Pat Vogt, Garrett Ramsey and Mike Stuaglicio.

Driftwood Borough has no candidate for mayor and just three for the four borough council seats to be filled.

There are seven Cameron County School Board seats at stake and eight candidates running: Marilyn Erickson, David McManigle, Paul Abriatis, Richard Lininger, Christy Bogart Bennett, Sylvia Homan, Sheila Guisto and Kelli Farabaugh.

Absentee ballots are available at county elections offices. General information on elections and voting is posted on a state-operated website, votespa.com.

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