2017-11-11 / Front Page

Zimmer wins Emporium mayoral race

A smattering of interesting local government races dotted the ballot across Cameron County, where slightly more than one-third of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s Municipal Election.

In Emporium, Republican Justin Zimmer has apparently been elected to succeed long-time incumbent mayor Bruno Carnovale, who opted not to seek re-election. Zimmer edged Democratic nominee George Sowers, 213-188, according to the unofficial vote count.

Just two other elected offices were contested in the county.

In Lumber Township, Republican Edward Uzdale defeated James “Cowboy” Cackowski for a seat on the board of supervisors.

Meanwhile, Gibson Township voters chose Kevin Smith (Rep.) over incumbent supervisor Sam Chilcote (Dem.) by a margin of 43-30.

Independents Robert Lininger and Christy Bogart Bennett will serve four-year terms on the Cameron County Board of Education. Also elected were Sylvia Homan, Sheila Guisto, Kelli Farabaugh, Paul Abriatis, Marilyn Erickson and David McManigle, all of whom ran unopposed.

Some offices appearing on last Tuesday’s ballot were blank. County election officials are determining whether leading write-in vote recipients are willing to serve.

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