Five of the six municipalities in the Lehighton Area will have contested races to be decided on Tuesday, Nov. 3, when Carbon County holds its General Election. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the county's 51 election districts.
Voters in East Penn, Franklin and Mahoning townships and Lehighton and Weissport boroughs will have choices to make regarding positions in those municipalities. There is also a race to be decided for the Lehighton Area School Board. The only municipality without a race is Parryville Borough.
East Penn Township
Four persons are running for two six-year terms on the East Penn Township board of supervisors. They are Democrats Jacob Nothstein and David Bryfogle and Republicans Scott Miller and Dean R. Kercsmar.
Tax Collector Thomas N. Beck, a Democrat, is running for re-election to a four-year term and is unopposed, while Republican David Hower is seeking the six-year term as constable and is without ballot opposition.
No one is running for the six-year term of auditor in the township.
In District 7, South, Candy Everett, a Republican, is running unopposed for judge of elections, while Democrat Faith Beck is the lone candidate for inspector of elections. In District 8, North, Republicans Kimberly Nothstein and MaryEllen Truhe are running unopposed for judge of elections and inspector of elections, respectively.
There are two races to be decided in Franklin Township.
The retirement of longtime Tax Collector Jean Smith resulted in two newcomers battling it out for the four-year term that is up for grabs. The race is between Democrat Sara J. Keiser and Republican Tyra L. Boni.
The other contest is for a six-year term as supervisor where the candidates are Democrat Robert L. Henning and Republican Paul Kocher.
No one is running for the six-year term as auditor in the township.
In District 11, Independent, Republican Robert Jay Hoffman is running for judge of elections and is unopposed. The inspector of elections post in that district needs to be decided between Democrat Maureen C. Markley and Republican Carol E. Kuehner.
Republican Beverly Everett is running unopposed for the judge of elections position in District 12, Harrity. For inspector of elections, the candidates are Democrat Betty J. Wolfe and Republican Ann Shoenberger.
In District 13, Long Run, Democrat Stacy J. Sheckler is unopposed for the judge of elections position, as is Republican Shawn M. Sheckler, who is running for inspector of elections in that district.
Three persons are seeking two six-year terms on the Mahoning Township board of supervisors.
They are Democrat Linda L. Benner and Republicans, Franklin Ruch and incumbent Patricia L. Snyder.
The tax collector's position, a four-year term, is also up for grabs, although there is only one candidate on the ballot, that being Democrat Richard Swarcheck. The husband of the late Joanne Swarcheck, who held the tax collector's position for many years, he was named to fill the ballot position his late wife won in May. She passed away on Sept. 3.
For the six-year term as auditor, there is only one candidate, Democrat Doreen A. Roth. Likewise, only one candidate is seeking the six-year term as constable, that being Republican Charles P. Pollock.
In District 35, Mahoning, Republican Sandra Putkowski is running unopposed for judge of elections while party member Jo-Ann Hawk is unchallenged for the inspector of elections position. In District 36, New Mahoning, Republican Joyce Walters is the lone candidate for judge of elections. For inspector of elections, voters will decide between Democrat Ellen A. Durigan and Republican Nancy Pollock. And in District 38, Packerton/Jamestown, Democrat Marie A. Klotz is unopposed for the judge of elections position while for inspector of elections, there are two candidates, Democrat Kathleen L. Haldeman and Republican Marian Ahner.
Lehighton Borough voters will have choices to make in two races the office of mayor, where two candidates are running for the four-year term, and for three four-year terms on the borough council, where there are five candidates.
The mayor's race is between incumbent Democrat Donald L. Rehrig and Republican Bessie Bauchspies.
For council, three Democrats are battling two Republicans for the three spots. The Democrats are Mayor Rehrig, incumbent Scott T. Rehrig and Marilen Kromer Moser. The GOP slate includes incumbent William C. Bernstein and John Wayne Bird.
Tax Collector Mary E. Strohl, a Republican, is running for re-election to a four-year term and is unopposed.
No one is running for the six-year term as constable in the borough.
In District 28, there are no candidates for judge of elections, although Democrat Marie Frable is running for inspector of elections and is unopposed. In District 29, the same situation applies, with no judge of elections candidate and an unchallenged inspector of elections candidate, that being Democrat Antoinette C. Greek. And in District 30, Republican George W. Rhoads is running unopposed for judge of elections, while the inspector of elections position is between Democrat Geraldine Haas and Republican Marcia Jones.
The balloting in Weissport will see four candidates running for three four-year terms on the borough council.
They are Democrats Timothy R. Rehrig, Paulette L. Watson and Shannon McAward and Republican Gene E. Kershner.
The mayor's position, a four-year term, is up for grabs too, and there is only one candidate for it, that being Democrat Jonathan Glen Troutman. Tax Collector Jenice L. Frehulfer, a Democrat, is running for re-election to a four-year term and is unopposed.
Democrat James Osborne is running unchallenged for the six-year term as constable while there are no candidates for the two-year term as assessor.
There are no candidates for the judge of elections position. Democrat Linda L. Schoenberger is running for inspector of elections and is unopposed.
There are no contested races in Parryville Borough.
Republican Dean Emrey is seeking the four-year term as mayor while incumbent Tax Collector Penni Szoke is running for re-election to a four-year term and is unopposed.
There are three four-year terms on the council to be decided, although there is only one candidate. He is Republican Jeffrey Kocher, who is also running for the six-year term as constable and won both a Democratic and Republican nominations in May.
Democrat Lamont G. Sherer is running unopposed for the judge of elections position. For inspector of elections, there are two candidates, Democrat Lester Greenzweig and Republican Ellen Fink.
Lehighton School Board
There are four four-year terms on the Lehighton Area School District Board of Education to be filled by the voters, who have five candidates from which to choose.
William J. Hill Jr., Franklin Ruch and Tina Dowd appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, having each won both nominations in May. The other two candidates are Dene G. Smith, who is on the Democratic side, and Republican David L. Krause.
Voters all of the municipalities listed above participate in the school district balloting.