Voting decisions await residents in two townships and one borough in the Lehighton area in the general election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Franklin Township and Mahoning Township voters will see challenged races for the offices of supervisor and tax collector, respectively, while Lehighton Borough voters have five persons seeking three borough council positions that are up for grabs.

There is also a contested race for seats on the Lehighton Area School Board.

Meanwhile, there are no challenges in East Penn Township nor Parryville or Weissport boroughs.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the county's 51 election precincts, after which time the results will be tabulated at the county's election bureau in Jim Thorpe.

Franklin Township

Franklin Township voters will have a choice to make regarding who they want to represent them on the board of supervisors.

The candidates are Democrat Byron K. Long and Republican Robin D. Cressley. They are seeking a six-year term. Long is a current supervisor, having been appointed to the unexpired term of late supervisor Larry Smith.

Unopposed this time around is tax collector Sara J. Keiser. A Democrat, she will be on her party's ballot, as well as the GOP slate where she collected sufficient write-in votes in May to win the ballot position.

Township voters are also slated to elect one person to serve on the board of auditors for a six-year term. There are no candidates for the position.

Mahoning Township

Mahoning Township voters will select a new tax collector for the township in the only contested race on that municipality's ballot.

Democrat Pauline Homm defeated incumbent Richard Swarcheck in the May Primary Election to set the stage for a newcomer to win the four-year term.

Homm will face Republican Todd Koller in the matchup for the right to succeed Swarcheck.

Meanwhile, township voters are expected to vote on two positions on the board of supervisors. And they will see two names on the ballot that were not there in the Primary.

Incumbent John Wieczorek, a Democrat, initially did not seek re-election to one of the two six-year terms that are available, but he was a successful write-in candidate on both the Democratic and Republican ballots and will fill those ballot positions. Newcomer Shawn Haggerty, who also did not seek the vote of township residents in May, is the other Democratic candidate. He was named by the county Democratic Party to fill the position vacated upon the death of James Holland, who won a nomination in the Primary. There is no other GOP candidate other than Wieczorek.

The term of Supervisor Todd Weaver, who was appointed to the board to fill the unexpired term of Travis Steigerwalt, who resigned, is set to expire. Weaver did not seek election.

Township voters are also slated to elect one person to serve on the board of auditors for a six-year term. There are no candidates for the position.

Lehighton Borough

Voters in the Borough of Lehighton are expected to fill three four-year terms of office on the borough council. There are five candidates.

Newcomer Helen Torok, a Democrat, was not a candidate in May, but she was successful in winning write-in nomination attempts on both the Democratic and Republican ballots and is the lone candidate among the five who appears on both ballots.

Joining her on the Democratic side are Joseph Flickinger and incumbent Scott T. Rehrig. On the GOP slate besides Torok are incumbents John Wayne Bird and George Kogut.

There were no candidates on either ballot for the office of mayor in the May, but the successor to retiring Mayor Donald Rehrig is virtually decided at this time. That's because former Jim Thorpe Chief of Police Thomas Mase, who relocated to the neighboring community, won both Democratic and Republican nominations via the write-in vote method and is all but certain to claim the four-year term.

No one is running against incumbent Tax Collector Mary E. Strohl, who is seeking re-election to another four-year term of office. She is a Republican.

LASD board

It appears there is one contest for a four-year term on the Lehighton Area School District Board of Education, although three other terms are scheduled to be filled by the voters.

Three of the five candidates will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, including incumbent Hal P. Resh and newcomers Gloria J. Bowman and Stephen L. Holland.

For the fourth position, the candidates are Lori S. Nothstein, who won a Democratic nomination in the May Primary Election, and incumbent William J. Hill Jr., who is a GOP candidate.

Incumbent board member David Krause sought re-election but failed to win a nomination from either party in May, while another current board member, John T. Finnegan, did not seek election.

The district includes the boroughs of Lehighton, Parryville and Weissport and the townships of East Penn, Franklin and Mahoning.

East Penn Township

There are no challenges on the ballot facing East Penn Township voters this time around.

Deanna Cunfer, a Democrat, is running for re-election to a six-year term on the board of supervisors. Her name appears on both ballots.

Incumbent supervisor Herb Truhe, a Republican, did not seek re-election to the board.

Tax collector Thomas N. Beck is also running for re-election. A Democrat, he is unopposed in pursuit of another four-year term.

Township voters are also slated to elect two persons to serve on the board of auditors, one for a six-year term and the other for a four-year term. There are no candidates for the position.

Parryville

There are no contested races in Parryville Borough this time around.

Incumbent Mayor Dean A. Emrey, a Republican, is seeking re-election to another four-year term without opposition.

That is also the case of incumbent council members Jennifer Emrey and Cathy Hawk, both Republicans who are the other two names on the borough's ballot.

A third council person, Jennifer Borger, is not seeking re-election, nor is tax collector Penny Szoke. Her position is also a four-year one.

Weissport

There are no contested races in Weissport Borough this time around.

Voters are slated to elect three four-year terms on the town council. There are only two candidates, including incumbent Democrat Paulette L. Watson and Republican Gene Kershner.

Mayor Jonathan Glenn Troutman, a Democrat, is running for re-election to another four-year term. He too is unopposed, as is tax collector Theresa Troutman, a Democrat also running for re-election to a four-year term.