Incumbent Councilman Francis “Joby” Palumbo will be joined by Marty Gatti on the Democratic ballot in the general election for the two available four-year seats. Palumbo was the only listed candidate on the ballot receiving 402 votes. Gatti placed second on the Democratic ballot with 228 write-in votes. Former Mayor Ed Fike, meanwhile, garnered 285 Democratic write-in votes to secure a place on the fall ballot for an available two-year seat. No Republican candidates will appear on the ballot
A successful Republican write-in campaign will put incumbent Democratic Supervisor Rick Vernon on both ballots. Vernon was unchallenged on the Democratic ticket, with Pat Lion seeking the GOP nomination. In the final ballot count, results showed Vernon received 302 GOP write-in votes to Lion’s 225 votes, giving Vernon the party nomination.
Incumbent Democratic Mayor Toni Petrus bested challenger Tom Loukota for the party nomination with one vote separating the two on the GOP ballot. In the write-in ballot count, Petrus received 25 votes with Loukota securing 24 votes, giving Petrus the nomination, barring a challenge by Loukota.
Incumbent Supervisor Bob Belch will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballot for the six-year position, with L.C. Otto securing both nominations for the two-year seat. Both appeared on the Democratic ballot in the primary election, with Republican voters casting write-in votes to secure the GOP nomination. There is one seat available in each race.
Stacey Erdely captured the fourth place spot on the Democratic ticket with 73 write-in votes. Only three names were listed on the primary ballot with the three — Deborah Vargo Alekson, Thomas E. Shetterly and Jill Devine — receiving the party nomination. Shetterly, Alekson, Devine and Francy Angelo received the Republican nomination.
Ross Swords will appear on both the Democratic and Republic ballots for the mayor’s position after receiving 24 written votes on the GOP ticket. Other write-ins did not receive a sufficient number, giving Swords the nomination.
William Puckey received 19 writein votes and will appear on the Republican ballot in the borough council race. No candidate had filed on the GOP ticket. Other residents received writein votes, but did not have the required 10 votes to capture the nomination. Democrats Joseph Minniti, Kimberly Ringstad Gray and Frank E. Monack will also appear on the ballot. Three seats are available in the contest.
While some races may be decided in court, the Albert Gallatin school board race on the Democratic side of the general election ballot will be determined by the selection of a “pill” pulled by two candidates that received the same number of votes. Jeff Myers, Ryan J. Porupski and Carla R. Franks secured the party nomination, but candidates Michael F. Dunham and Betty Leonard Moser tied for fourth place, with each receiving 912 votes. On the Republican ticket, Myers, Dunham and Porupski and Doug Sholtis secured the top four positions.
Peter Fratto captured the Democratic nomination for supervisor with 57 votes to 22 votes Dewey Eutsey. Fratto also made a run at the Republican nomination with a write-in campaign that garnered 35 votes, but it wasn’t enough to knock Republican William Edwards off the November ballot. Edwards captured 48 Republican votes.
Republican Laurie Hanchar captured both the Republican and Democratic nominations for tax collector with 29 write-in Democratic votes and 85 votes as the declared Republican candidate.
Bill Striner was the lone Democratic candidate for township supervisor and also captured the Republican nomination with 12 write-in votes. Virginia Bowser, the only democratic candidate for tax collector, also captured the Republican nomination with a write in tally of 11 votes.