Lehighton mayor wins 2 races; new tax collector in Franklin
Donald L. Rehrig
The Lehighton mayor won two races, Franklin Township elected a new tax collector, and an incumbent supervisor fell in Mahoning Township as a result of General Election voting on Tuesday in the Lehighton area.
Democratic Mayor Donald L. Rehrig won re-election to another four-year term in that office, but he was also the top vote-recipient in the race for four-year terms on the borough council. Rehrig will have to decide which of the two positions he will want to hold in January, and resign the other post which will be filled by the borough council.
In the mayor's race, he soundly defeated Republican Bessie Bauchspies, 548 to 345. The latter is a current councilwoman and the widow of late Mayor Wilbur A. "Cap" Bauchspies.
There were three terms open on the council, and while Rehrig won one of them, an incumbent and a newcomer won the other two. Meanwhile, another incumbent lost his position.
The mayor had 534 votes in pursuit of the council seat and was followed by incumbent Democrat Scott T. Rehrig, 470, and newcomer John Wayne Bird, a Republican, 444. Losing out were Councilman William C. Bernstein, a Republican, 399, and Democrat Marilen Kromer Moser, 416.
Tax Collector Mary E. Strohl, a Republican, ran unopposed for another four-year term and received 820 token votes.
No one ran for the six-year term as constable in the borough.
Other vote totals for poll positions in Lehighton included:
District 28 - Democrat Marie Frable, 269, for inspector of elections.
District 29 - Democrat Antoinette C. Greek, 185, for inspector of elections.
District 30 - Republican George W. Rhoads, 197, for judge of elections, and Democrat Geraldine Haas, 158, and Republican Marcia Jones, 105, for inspector of elections.
The new tax collector in Franklin Township will be Democrat Sara J. Keiser. She defeated Republican Tyra L. Boni by a margin of 675 to 305 to win the four-year seat to succeed retiring Tax Collector Jean L. Smith.
Meanwhile, incumbent Supervisor Paul Kocher, a Republican, won re-election to a six-year term. He defeated Democrat Robert L. Henning by a difference of 713 to 223.
No one ran for the six-year term as auditor in the township.
Other vote totals for poll positions in Franklin included:
District 11 - Republican Robert Jay Hoffman, 188, for judge of elections; and Republican Carol E. Kuehner, 145, and Democrat Maureen C. Markley, 100, for inspector of elections.
District 12 - Republican Beverly Everett, 329, for judge of elections; and Democrat Ann Shoenberger, 249, and Republican Betty J. Wolfe, 160, for inspector of elections.
District 13 - Democrat Stacy J. Sheckler, 199, for judge of elections; and Republican Shawn M. Sheckler, 243, for inspector of elections.
The chairperson of the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors went down in defeat yesterday in her pursuit of re-election to a six-year term on the board.
Republican Patricia L. Snyder finished third in a three-candidate race for two seats. Two newcomers were the winners, including Republican Franklin Ruch, who was first in the balloting with 530 votes, and Democrat Linda L. Benner, who tallied 448. Snyder had 394.
The township's new tax collector will be Richard Swarcheck, a Democrat, who filled the ballot position won by his widow, Joanne Swarcheck, who died recently. Swarcheck received 524 votes. There were 246 write-in votes for the position but apparently not enough to defeat the ballot candidate.
Democrat Doreen A. Roth was unopposed for the six-year term as auditor and received 525 token votes. Likewise, Republican Charles P. Pollock was unchallenged for the six-year term as constable. He collected 603 complimentary votes.
Other vote totals for poll positions in Mahoning included:
District 35 - Republican Sandra Putkowski, 414, for judge of elections; and Republican Jo-Ann Hawk, 407, for inspector of elections.
District 36 - Republican Joyce Walters, 161, for judge of elections; and Republican Nancy Pollock, 112, and Democrat Ellen A. Durigan, 83, for inspector of elections.
District 38 - Democrat Marie Klotz, 121, for judge of elections; and Democrat Kathleen A. Haldeman, 75, and Republican Marian Ahner, 73, for inspector of elections.
East Penn Township
Four persons ran for two six-year terms on the East Penn Township Board of Supervisors.
The winners were Republican Dean R. Kercsmar and Democrat Jacob Nothstein, who received 352 and 306 votes, respectively.
Losing out were Republican Scott Miller, 193, and Democrat David Bryfogle, 186.
Thomas N. Beck, a Democrat, the township's longtime tax collector, was unchallenged in his bid for re-election to another four-year term. he received 477 token votes.
Republican David Hower was unopposed for the six-year term as constable and received 408 votes.
No one ran for the six-year term as auditor in the township.
Other vote totals for poll positions in East Penn included:
District 7 - Republican Candy Everett, 212, for judge of elections; and Democrat Faith Beck, 205, for inspector of elections.
District 8 - Republican Kimberly Nothstein, 241, for judge of elections; and Republican MaryEllen Truhe, 188, for inspector of elections.
There was a race in Weissport Borough for borough council positions, where three four-year terms were up for grabs.
The winners were Republican Gene E. Kershner and Democrats Timothy R. Rehrig and Paulette L. Watson, who tallied 69, 62 and 59, respectively. Failing to win election was Democrat Shannon McAward, who had 28 votes.
In the mayor's race, Democrat Jonathan Glen Troutman was unopposed. He received 69 token votes in winning a four-year term.
Tax Collector Jenice L. Frehulfer, a Democrat, was unopposed in her bid for re-election to another four-year term and received 81 token votes.
For the six-year term as constable, Democrat James Osborne was unchallenged and collected 65 complimentary votes.
No one ran for the two-year term as assessor in the borough.
For judge of elections, Democrat Lynnette Louise Moyer received 75 votes and for inspector of elections, Democrat Linda L. Schoenberger received 82 votes.
There were no contests to be decided yesterday in Parryville, where four candidates on the ballot were all unopposed.
They included Republican Dean Emery, who received 86 token votes in being elected to the mayor's position for four years; Tax Collector Penni Szoke, who was re-elected to a four-year term with 93 votes; and Republican Jeffrey Kocher, who was unopposed as the lone candidate for three four-year terms on the borough council and received 71 votes, and who ran for the six-year term as constable and collected 62 votes.
Democrat Lamont G. Sherer received 93 votes for judge of elections and for inspector of elections, Republican Ellen Fink polled 77 votes, compared to 26 for Democrat Lester Greenzweig.
Lehighton School Board
There was essentially one race to be determined for four four-year terms on the Lehighton Area School District Board of Education since there were three candidates who won both Democratic and Republican nominations in May and the race came down to one Democrat versus one Republican for the fourth position.
Cross-filed candidates who won were William J. Hill Jr., who topped the ballot with 2,427 votes, Franklin Ruch, 2,372, and Tina Down, 2,192.
For the fourth position, Republican David L. Krause won over Democrat Dene G. Smith. The margin was 1,930 to 1,516.
Voters from all of the municipalities listed above participate in the school district balloting.