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Incumbent council member Steele fails to make the cut

November 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There will be three new faces on board when Punxsutawney Borough Council begins its new term in January, as an incumbent was beaten by three challengers.

Michelle P. Lorenzo, who appeared on the ballot as a Democrat/Republican was the top vote-getter with 614 votes, or 30.44 percent of the vote; Eric C. Story, also a Republican/Democrat, was second with 603 votes (30 percent); and independent candidate Robert “Toby” Santik garnered 442 votes (22 percent).

Incumbent Republican Roger L. Steele received 349 votes (17.30 percent), meaning he will not retain his council seat.

There were nine write-in votes.

In other races:
• Punxsutawney Area School Board Region VIII incumbent Republican Jack D. White was the winner with 194 votes (57.40 percent), while challenger Democrat Stacy Houser finished second with 143 votes (42.31 percent). There was one write-in vote.

• In Punxsutawney Region I, Melissa Snyder, who cross-filed as a Democrat/Republican, was unopposed and received 190 votes (99 percent). There were two write-ins.

• In Punxsutawney Region IX, incumbent Republican/Democrat Penny Muth Pifer was re-elected with 265 votes (71 percent).

There was one write-in candidate, former board member Milton Tyler, while the results showed that a total number of write-ins cast was 106 votes (29 percent).

• In the race for the Young Township Board of Supervisors, former supervisor Peter Betts, a Democrat, was the winner with 165 votes (52 percent) over incumbent Michael Defelice, a Republican, who received 147 votes (47 percent).

Incumbent Auditor Ron J. Canton, a Democrat, was unopposed and received 238 votes.

• For a four-year term as a Bell Township supervisor, Republican Perry Mitchell received 228 votes with two write-ins.

• For a six-year term as a Bell Township supervisor, Republican Justin Fryer was unopposed and received 223 votes with six write-in votes.
• Bell Township Auditor Priscilla K. Bridge was unopposed and received 233 votes and no write-in votes.

• For Big Run Borough Council (vote for not more than two), Republican/Democrat Larry T. Lambert received the most votes, with 114 (38.38 percent). Second was Republican Stan L. Derise with 68 votes (23 percent); thirdwaswent Democrat Brian Keith Burkett with 48 votes (16.16 percent); and there were 67 write-in votes.

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