Two Carbon County municipalities will have new mayors in 2014.
During Tuesday's municipal election, voters decided on a number of mayoral races in Carbon County. Mayors in Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Nesquehoning and Palmerton faced competition.
When the votes were counted, Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, R-incumbent, secured another four years in office, beating out Democratic opponent Dennis McGinley Jr. 823 to 365.
In Palmerton, Christopher D. Olivia, a Democrat who served as mayor since Oct. 11, 2012, when he was appointed to fill the position after Brad Doll resigned, secured his first full term in office. He defeated Republican candidate Jereme Barkanic 370 to 285.
The upsets came in Nesquehoning and Lansford, where both incumbents were voted out of office.
Nesquehoning Mayor K. Tony Walck, a Democrat, was defeated by Independent candidate Sam Kitchko, 554 to 191. Republican candidate Michael Frey also received 61 votes.
In Lansford, newcomer James Romankow, a Democrat, defeated current Mayor Ronald B. Hood Jr., 319 to 206.
Other mayoral races occurred in Beaver Meadows, Bowmanstown, East Side Boro, Lehighton, Parryville, Summit Hill and Weissport. All candidates ran unopposed.
Beaver Meadows: Jeffrey S. Bobish, Democrat, received 151 votes. He is replacing current mayor, Bill Hines, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Bowmanstown: William H. Ravert, Democrat, received 86 votes. He is replacing current mayor, Keith Billig, who is retiring at the end of the year.
East Side Boro: Gerald D. Jones Jr., Democrat, 23 votes.
Lehighton: Thomas Mase, 530 votes. He is replacing current mayor, Donald Rehrig, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Parryville: Dean Emrey, Republican, 55 votes.
Summit Hill: Paul R. McArdle, Democrat, 535 votes.
Weissport: Jonathan Glenn Trout, Democrat, 31 votes.
For the complete stories on mayoral races in Lansford, Palmerton, Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe, check out today's edition of the TIMES NEWS.