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Incumbents survive

May 17, 2011

Beverly Nagy (left) of Punxsy is given instructions by poll worker Becky Weimer on how to use the computerized voting machines at the Jefferson Street Social Center. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — The Republican and Democratic incumbent candidates for Jefferson County commissioner withstood a strong challenge from a field of nine candidates for the sought-after posts.

Incumbent Paul Corbin was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot, with 2,799 votes, or 32 percent of the vote. Fellow incumbent James P. McIntyre received 2,336 votes, or 26 percent.

Challenger Paul A. Bishop received 1,057 votes (12 percent).

Corbin and McIntyre’s names will appear on the November ballot as the top two Republicans.

Challengers David W. Black received 996 votes (11 percent), Ira W. Sunderland received 929 votes (11 percent) and Harry G. Bodenhorn received 583 votes (seven percent).

Both Black and Sunderland are former commissioners.

There were 62 write-in votes for commissioner on the Republican side, or 0.71 percent.

Incumbent Jeffrey E. Pisarcik was the top vote-getter on the Democratic side of the ballot, with 1,562 votes, or 46 percent.

Challenger Patrick J. McFall received 856 votes (25 percent), and Tom Swab received 791 votes (23 percent).

Pisarcik and McFall’s names will appear on the November ballot as the top two Democrats.

There were 156 write-in votes on the Democratic side, or five percent of the vote.

Republican Carl J. Gotwald Sr., the incumbent sheriff, was the top vote getter with 3,529 votes (77 percent). Challenger Jim Wicker received 1,045 votes (23 percent).

No candidates filed for sheriff on the Democratic side.

For Punxsutawney Borough Council, challenger Eric C. Story was the top vote-getter on the Republican ticket with 313 votes (40 percent), while incumbent Roger L. Steele collected 241 votes (31 percent).

There were 226 write-in votes for Punxsutawney Borough Council.
Both Story and Steele’s names will appear on the November ballot.
Challenger Michele P. Lorenzo received 236 votes on the Democratic ticket, and there were 157 write-in votes. Her name will also appear on the November ballot.

Douglas R. Chambers, incumbent Magisterial District Judge 54-3-01, was the winner on both tickets, as he cross-filed and received 1,246 votes on the Republican ticket and 627 votes on the Democratic side.

For the Punxsutawney Area School Board races, all candidates cross-filed.
• Melissa Snyder was the top vote-getter for Punxsutawney Area School Region I. On the Democratic ballot, she collected 42 votes (74 percent), while L. Scott Peterson received 15 votes (26 percent ).

Snyder also was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot, with 101 votes (70 percent), while Peterson received 45 votes (31 percent).
There were no write-in votes on either ballot.

• In Region VIII, on the Democratic ballot, Stacy Houser collected 43 votes, (52 percent), while incumbent Jack D. White had 38 votes (46 percent).

There was one write-in.
On the Republican side, White collected 117 votes (54 percent), and Houser received 99 votes (46 percent). There were no write-ins on the Republican ballot.

• In Region IX on the Democratic ballot, incumbent Penny Muth Pifer was the winner over challenger and former board member Milton L. Tyler, with 89 votes (70 percent). Tyler received 38 votes (30 percent), and there was one write-in.

On the Republican side, Pifer was also the top vote-getter with 112 votes (59 percent), while Tyler received 78 votes (41 percent). There were no write-ins.

Both Pifer and Snyder have won their seats on the board, while White and Houser will face each other again in the November general election.

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