There will be mayor, council and school board races in the Panther Valley to be decided when voters go to the polls 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 precincts.
The mayor's races will be in Lansford and Nesquehoning, while contests for seats on the borough councils in those two municipalities will also be decided. Likewise, voters in those two towns, as well as those in Summit Hill and neighboring Coaldale in Schuylkill County, will determine seats on the Panther Valley School Board.
Mayor Joseph Horvat's decision not to seek re-election left a race for the four-year term up for grabs. The candidates are Democrat George T. Bottomley Jr. and Republican Ronald N. Hood Jr.
There are also three four-year terms on the borough council to be filled, with four persons seeking them. Democratic candidates are Leonard Kovach and Danielle Smith while in the GOP side are Dwight A. Penberth and Adam C. Webber.
Lansford voters will also fill a two-year term on the council, although there is only one candidate. He is Democrat Robert S. Hackash.
Tax Collector Daniel J. Wynn is running for re-election to another four-year term. He won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in May and will appear on both ballots.
Bottomley is also running for the six-year term as constable and appears on the Democratic ticket. There is no Republican candidate.
No one is running for the two-year term of assessor in the borough.
In District 23, East, Democrat Kevin A. Collevechio is running for judge of elections and Republican Frances C. Barno is seeking the inspector of elections post. In District 24, Middle, Sandra Delpero, a Democrat, is the lone judge of elections candidate while Republican Doreen Giordano is running unopposed for inspector of elections. In District 24, West, Democrat Lena Dominic is the lone candidate for judge of elections. There are no candidates for inspector of elections.
Nesquehoning's election is similar to Lansford's in that voters will also decide on the mayor's position, as well as three four-year terms and one two-year term on the borough council.
Mayor K. Tony Walck, a Democrat, is running for re-election to another four-year term as mayor. He faces opposition from Republican Michael R. Frey.
In the race for three four-year terms on council, there are four candidates, including incumbent Democrats Rose Sniscak Walck and Donato P. DeMarco, who are joined on that ticket by Mary A. Fox, and incumbent Republican David A. Hawk.
In the race for the two-year term, the candidates are Democrat Salvatore A. Digiglio and Republican Richard Zabroski.
Tax Collector Patricia R. Vito, a Democrat, is running for re-election to a four-year term. She has no opposition.
In District 41, East, Democrat Elaine Greek is the lone candidate for judge of elections while candidates for inspector of elections are Democrat Marion Tyahla and Republican Jo Ann Cox. In District 42, West, Mary Alice Jacobs, a Democrat, is running for judge of elections and is unopposed. The inspector of elections race has two candidates, Democrat Elizabeth A. Morgans and Republican Anna Kmetz.
Six Democrats running for positions in Summit Hill are all unopposed.
Mayor Paul R. McArdle and Tax Collector Alice Kane are running for re-election to four-year terms and are unchallenged. Likewise, there are three candidates for three four-year terms on the borough coucil. They are incumbents John O'Gurek and Harry C. Miller Jr. and William H. Chapman. Constable Jude Yuricheck is seeking re-election to another six-year term and is without opposition.
In District 52, First Ward, Democrat Sheryl Ann Radocha is running unopposed for judge of elections while inspector of elections candidates are Democrat Barbara A. Shelton and Republican Christine Forrest. In District 53, Second Ward, Joseph J. O'Gurek, a Democrat, is the lone candidate for judge of elections, while Democrat Aurelia J. DeMatto and Republican Marie Dunn are running for inspector of elections.
In District 53, Third Ward, Democrat Faith L. Masayda is running unopposed for judge of elections. The inspector of elections candidates are Democrat James Kozuch and Republican Susan Colancecco. In White Bear, District 55, Republican Mary Ann Sterner is a candidate for judge of elections while Democrat Teresa M. Grosso is the lone candidate for inspector of elections.
PV School Board
There are four four-year terms on the Panther Valley School District Board of Education to be dedided and three of five candidates have the inside track on them, having won both nominations in May and appearing this time on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.
They are Koreen M. Nalesnik, Anthony Pondish and David B. Hiles.
For the fourth position, Ronald P. Slivka is the Democratis candidate while Irene A. Genther is the Republican nominee.