All three municipalities in the Jim Thorpe area, as well as the Jim Thorpe Area School District, will have contested races that provide choices for voters when the 2011 General Election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the county's 51 election precincts.
Jim Thorpe Borough voters will decide on three council positions, for which there are four candidates, while competition exists for one supervisor position in Penn Forest Township and two board members in Kidder Township.
Meanwhile, there are five four-year terms to be filled on the school district's board of education, with seven persons being on the ballots for the voters' consideration.
Jim Thorpe Borough
The race for borough council positions includes three Democrats, one of who also won a Republican nomination in the May Primary Election, and one Republican.
John T. McGuire is running on both tickets. He is joined on the Democratic side by Betsy Ahner and Joseph F. Krebs, and on the GOP side by Louis M. Hall.
Penn Forest Township
An interesting situation exists in Penn Forest Township, where four persons, including one each from the major parties and one each from two minor parties, are running for one six-year term.
The candidates are Democrat Christine A. Fazio, Republican Salvatore L. Baldassano, Libertarian Matthew C. Schutter and Independent Raymond M. Royer.
There are two auditor positions to be filled by the voters, one for six years and the other for two years. Democrat Donna M. Briglio is running for both positions and is unopposed.
In Kidder, three persons are running for the two six-year terms on the board of supervisors.
They are Democrat Raymond N. Gluck and Republicans Frank Pieri and Thomas J. Bradley Jr.
Seven persons survived a crowded field of candidates in May for nominations for five four-year terms on the Jim Thorpe Area School District Board of Education.
Three of the seven candidates will appear on both ballots on Tuesday, having won the Democratic and Republican nominations. They are Pearl Downs-Sheckler, Clement C. McGinley and Jeremy Melber.
Joining them on the Democratic ticket are Dirk J. Pompa and Debra A. Pope while on the Republican ballot with them are John Partenio and Bill Allison.
There is also a two-year term in the board up for grabs.
Jerry Strubinger, who won both nominations in the Primary Election, is the lone candidate for the spot.
In the race for the six-year term as Magisterial District 56-3-01Judge, Edward M. Lewis is unopposed. His name appears on both ballots.
The district includes the boroughs of Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Weissport, and the townships of Penn Forest and Mahoning.