2017-11-11 / Front Page

Election drama in Coudersport, Genesee

Potter County’s results from last Tuesday’s Municipal Election will not be available for several days, due to a mish-mash of write-in campaigns and other complexities.

However, a glimpse of the unofficial returns which are yet to be certified by the county’s canvassing and computing board has yielded some information.

There’s going to be a shake-up on the Coudersport Borough Council and the Genesee Township Board of Supervisors.

In Coudersport, former Councilman Wayne Hathaway has defeated incumbent Bryan Welsh and will take his seat representing Ward One in January.

The situation in Ward Two is complicated.

Gary Walaski, a lifelong Coudersport resident who served on the borough maintenance crew for many years, ran unopposed for a two-year term. But Walaski was also one of three candidates for a pair of four-year terms on the council.

Unofficial results of that race show the two winners to be Walaski (54 votes) and April Castano (51 votes). Brian Ruane trailed with 37 votes.

Walaski now must decide whether to accept the two-year or four-year term, and the other seat will apparently be filled by Borough Council in January.

In Genesee Township, battleground for extended political squabbles in recent years, write-in candidate Jim Smoker appears to be the leading vote recipient for both the two-year and four-year terms on the board of supervisors. If the unofficial results are confirmed, he has unseated both Scot Miller and Scott Luce, who join Dann Thompson as the current board.

Smoker will have to opt for one seat or the other. It appears that he will then join Thompson – whose term was not up for election this year – in appointing the third board member.

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