CARBON ROW OFFICES
Most incumbent row office holders in Carbon County had no competition in yesterday's Primary Election in their bid for re-election.
One who did was Coroner Bruce Nalesnik of Nesquehoning, a Democrat, who was challenged by Jim Thorpe funeral director David Stianche.
Nalesnik emerged the winner with nearly 60 percent of the votes, winning by a margin of 3,432 to 2,355.
He must now face Republican Renny Shoop of Jim Thorpe, a veterinarian, in the November general election.
Shoop was unopposed on his side of the ballot and was given 2,896 complementary votes.
This was the second time Nalesnik opposed Stianche in a Primary. Four years ago, Nalesnik won by about 420 votes over Stianche.
Nalesnik is seeking his fifth four-year term of office.
Prior to being elected Coroner, he served as a Deputy Coroner.
During his terms in office, Nalesnik has modernized the Coroner's Office by obtaining new photographic equipment, new radios, and instituted a computer software program for the proper creation and retention of reports.
Born and raised in Nesquehoning, he is a son of the late Steve and Lillian (Vannicola) Nalesnik. He is a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Nesquehoning. He is married to Koreen (Fritzinger) Nalesnik, formerly of Slatington. The couple has two daughters, Tayler, 13 and Delana 11.
Recorder of Deeds Emmett McCall of Lansford was not opposed and received 5,230 party votes.
He is seeking his fourth term to that office.
In November, he will face Republican Todd Koller, who also had no opposition yesterday.
Koller got 3,139 votes.
Sheriff Dwight L. Nothstein of Lehighton was unopposed for his party's nomination. He is seeking his fifth four-year term and will face Republican Steven Armbruster of Lehighton in the fall.
The latter is the Pennsylvania Chapter president of the Oath Keeper organization.
Nothstein was the highest vote-getter in his party, receiving 5,433 ballots.
Armbruster got 2,704 Republican votes.
Running unopposed, and without GOP opposition, even in November, are Democrats Robert M. Crampsie, controller; Joann M. Behrens, prothonotary; and Gary F. Dobias, district attorney.
Crampsie, of Summit Hill, is running for his sixth four-year term; Behrens is seeking her third four-year term; and Dobias is seeking return to office for a sixth four-year term.
Crampsie was given 4,996 votes, Behrens received 4,957 votes, and Dobias was the recipient of 5,275 votes.