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Primary elections show some interesting results, but incumbents hold most positions unopposed

May 22, 2013

Bill Leiberton of Punxsutawney is pictured voting Tuesday in the spring primary at the Jefferson Street Social Center. Leiberton said he was voting in his last election in Punxsy, as after 48 years he is moving to Dover to be closer to his daughter, who teaches there. He did said he'll continue his Groundhog Day connection, as there is a celebration that is held every year in Dover. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — With reports all day Tuesday saying that voters' numbers were low across the state for the primary election, 5,120 Jefferson County residents headed to the polls to vote, with 3,421 Repub-lican ballots being cast and 1,699 Democratic ballots being submitted, according to the unofficial results released by the county Tuesday evening.

Several well-known names across the county ran uncontested on their tickets, with Bernard P. Snyder easily earning the Republican nod for Coroner with 3,103 votes (99.39 percent), James "Moon" VanSteenburg earning 99.03 percent of the vote (2,975) for treasurer and Jeff
Burkett receiving 98.45 percent (3,053) of the Republican votes for district attorney.

A much-closer race unfolded in the Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts
race on the Republican docket, though, where incumbent Tonya S. Geist edged Randy Mumford by a narrow margin of 1,731 votes to 1,572 to earn the chance to represent her party on the fall ballot.

On the Democratic side of the ticket, Joseph D. Ryan ran unopposed and earned 91.73 percent of the votes (1,209) to represent his party for
District Attorney in the fall.

In the Punxsy Area School Board races, Edward McGinnis won both the Republican and Democratic ballots to earn his spot on the sheet
in November as a representative of Region II.

In Region III, Gary Conrad edged James Scarantine on both
ballots.

Regions IV and V saw Francis Molinaro and Robert Pascuzzo run
respectively unopposed and win both parties' nominations, while Frank Bizousky defeated Roberta Dinsmore on both ballots to represent Region VI.

The race for Punxsu-tawney Mayor on the Republican ticket showed a contest between Richard Alexander and Molinaro, and Alexander's 221 votes earned him 61.9 percent and the victory.

On the Democratic side, Dennis Rebuck ran unopposed, but 127 write-in votes were tallied to top his 93 votes, leaving the race up in the air until further results emerge.

One of the few local elections that saw much contention was the race on each side for the Young Township Supervisors.

On the Republican side, Phil Cunningham earned 40.45 percent of the votes (72 votes) to defeat Ronald E. Strano, but there were 76 write-ins, as well.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic ticket, Sam Farcus’ 82 votes (60.29 percent) were enough to knock off incumbent Andrew “Butch” Meterko’s 45 votes.

All results are unofficial at this time, and are subject to change, especially with the write-in votes still to be tallied for specific individuals.

For the full, unofficial results from Tuesday’s election, as reported by the county, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

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