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Incumbents remain safe

November 9, 2011

Punxsy resident Patrick Fleckenstein, casts his vote at the Jefferson Street High-Rise Annex polling place Tuesday. (Photo by Dan Long/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — County voters remained loyal to their mostly-Republican row officers Tuesday, while they also supported Democratic Judge John H. Foradora for another 10-year term.

Tuesday’s turnout, however, was slim, with only 7,988 registered voters —29 percent of the county’s 27,949 registered voters — heading to the polls on a day that saw unseasonably warm temperatures.

With 6,538 votes (84 percent), Foradora was retained as Common Pleas Court judge for another 10 years in Tuesday’s general election. There were 1,220 voters (16 percent) against the ballot measure.

Voters re-elected all three sitting Jefferson County Commissioners. Chairman Paul Corbin emerged with the most votes, 4,881 (34 percent), while fellow Republican James McIntyre received 4,287 votes (30 percent), and Democrat Jeff Pisarcik received 2,860 votes (20 percent).
There were 32 write-ins.

Democratic challenger Patrick McFall, of Corsica, missed the cut, collecting 2,344 votes (16 percent).

There were 32 write-ins.

Incumbent auditors Maxine Zimmerman (4,999 votes, 41 percent) and Roger Richards (4,324 votes, 35 percent) were re-elected, as was Democrat Brenda Scarantine, who collected 2,993 votes (24 percent). There were 25 write-ins (0.25 percent)

Both Register-Recorder Diane Maihle Kiehl and Sheriff Carl J. Gotwald Sr. were returned to office, with 6,826 votes (99 percent) and 7,280 (99 percent), respectively.

There were 24 write-ins on the register-recorder ballot and 41 on the sheriff’s ballot.

Douglas Chambers, who filed on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, was unopposed and re-elected as district judge for Magisterial District Court 54-3-01 with 2,086 votes (99 percent). There were 12 write-ins.

In Brookville, former assistant district attorney Gregory Bazylak, running on the Republican ballot, won the seat Magisterial District Court 54-3-03, held by the retiring Richard Beck, with 1,748 votes (54 percent), defeating attorney Beth Ammerman Gerg, who ran on the Democratic ballot and earned 1,496 votes (46 percent).

There were 19 write-ins.

All election results are unofficial until they are certified by the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

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