Election shakes things up in town

Staff Writer

BROOKVILLE — As the ballots came rolling in on Tuesday evening's election day for the 37 local precincts, it became clear that some local government leadership will be looking different in the coming years.

In Punxsutawney, the most contested race was for the borough council seats, and after Jeanne Porada earned spots in both the two-year seat race — as a Republican — and the four-year seat race — as a Democrat — the full picture is still unclear, depending on how that unfolds. On the two-year ticket, Porada earned 553 votes to best Cynthia Rebuck's 298. Meanwhile, in the four-year seat race, Jim Bianco earned 517 votes and Robert "Toby" Santik received 494 to keep his seat, while Porada (487) earned the third-and-final spot. Aaron Hendricks' 455 votes beat out fellow incumbent Michele "Boo" Lorenzo, but it seems neither will receive the seat, as the spot occupied by Porada's other victory will likely be made by appointment.

Punxsy also had one seat highly contested on the school board, with Deneen Evans earning 239 votes to narrowly defeat current school board president Clarence Craft, who received 191, in Region VIII. Melissa J. Snyder (Region I), Elaine Muto (Region IV) and Penny Pifer (Region IX) will all retain their seats after running unopposed.

For more from the election, including a list of full results, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.