Twenty-nine people who were among 56 persons who were tied for committee man and committee woman positions in the Democratic and Republican parties in Carbon County were declared winners of the positions in their respective precincts and municipalities when the Carbon County Board of Elections met on Friday afternoon to break the ties.
The candidates were recipients of write-in votes in the May 20 Primary Election and ended up in deadlocks with others who received similar votes from party members.
The breakdown of winners includes seven Democrats and 22 Republicans. The Democratic Party bylaws call for one committeeman and one committeewoman to be elected in each of the 51 precincts. The GOP bylaws call for a designated number of committeepersons to be elected in each municipality on an at-large basis.
There were 20 Democrats who received write-in votes that resulted in ties in seven districts. The results of the tie-breaking process is as follows:
Bowmanstown Borough: Andrew Hunadi won the committeeman position over Robert B. Moyer and Steve Hartz.
Kidder Township-South: Robert S. Fisher III won the tiebreaker over Jim Dau for the committeeman position.
Lehighton Borough-Second District: The winner as committeewoman was Cynthia Frendt, who won over Amresse Farrow.
Mahoning Township-Mahoning District: Linda Rex was elected committeewoman over Kerry Verrastro, Eddie Jo Herbst and Patricia Borger.
Nesquehoning Borough-East District: Jack Nothstein won the tiebreaker over George Sabol to win the committeeman position.
Nesquehoning Borough-West District: The winner of a four-way tie for the committeewoman post was Renee Demelfi. Losing out were Donna Malaska, Judy Owens and Mary A. Jacobs.
Penn Forest Township-District 51-04: Lawrence J. Daiell won the committeeman position in a tiebreaker that saw Anthony Walker and James P. Barry lose out.
Meanwhile, 36 Republicans who received write-in votes found themselves in ties for positions in six municipalities. The results of the tiebreaking process is as follows:
Bowmanstown Borough: Sandra Kuntz won the one committeeship position available, winning over Norman Engle Jr.
East Penn Township: Two committee positions were available. The winners were David Mantz and Mark beavers. Losing out was David Heffelfinger.
Jim Thorpe Borough: Fifteen persons received one write-in vote each and ended up in a tie for six committeeships that were available. The winners were Rose Wernett, Nicholas Goldberg, Frank Lauth, Michael Shorten, Tim Benyo and Alfred Luedtke. Losing out were Karen Lauth, Colin O'Shaughnessy, William Mullen, Michael J. Sofranko, Diane Luedtke, George Albert, John Patrick Dunne, Tim Popek and Doren Perdie.
Mahoning Township: Matthew Ehrig and William Schwab were declared the winners of the two committeeships open. Losing out was George Stawnyczyj.
Nesquehoning Borough: A four-way tie for three committee positions resulted in Joe Steber, Shawn McArdle and Roy Angst winning the tiebreaker. Losing out was Tom Ouly.
Towamensing Township: Eight committee positions were to be filled in the township, where nine persons ended up in a tie. Winning the positions were Susan Debski, Kurt R. Fisher, Robert Youngkin, Gary Matson, Tim Himmelwright, Karl Rolappe, Elaine Dennis and Darlene Yeakel. The lone person not winning a position was Tom Newman.
Meanwhile, in two Penn Forest districts where candidates appeared on the machine ballot incorrectly because they do not reside in the district where their names appeared on the ballots, the election board have declared them winners. However, according to party bylaws, they cannot assume the positions because of the residency requirement.
Jeremy Haloskie was declared the winner in Penn Forest Northwest, where he received 87 votes, but he lives in Penn Forest East. He won the committeeman position in his home district with two write-in votes.
Joann M. Behrens was declared the winner in Penn Forest East, where she received 37 votes, but she lives in Penn Forest Northwest. She won the committeewoman position in her home district with three write-in votes.
When the positions are declared vacant, they are subject to appointment by the party chairman, William O'Gurek Jr. of Summit Hill, as are other committeemen and committeewomen positions in which there were no candidates.