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Banks board chairman defeated in Primary

Published May 22. 2013 05:03PM

The chairman of the Banks Township Board of Supervisors was defeated by an 8-1 margin in a highly-watched Primary Election contest on Tuesday. Elsewhere in northern Carbon County, Beaver Meadows voters set the stage for Fall battles for the offices of mayor and borough council.

Banks Township

Walter L. Bobowski, a Democrat who has headed the supervisors' board in Tresckow, lost his bid for re-election to a six-year term by a sizeable margin.

Newcomer Joseph Clark won that head-to-head matchup by a margin of 241-31.

There were 53 write-in votes from republican voters for the office. Whether or not Clark has a General Election opponent will be dependent upon the review of those votes by the county's board of elections.

Tax Collector Irene Makowiec, a Democrat, is running for re-election to another four-year term in that office. She received 251 votes from her party members to top the Banks ballot. There were 20 write-in votes from Republicans.

The township voters also voted for an auditor's position. Democrat William P. Dever was unopposed on that ticket and collected 232 token votes. There were 12 write-in votes from Republicans for that position.

Beaver Meadows

Meanwhile, in Beaver Meadows, the Democrats decided between two candidates for mayor and seven candidates for four four-year terms on the council, setting the table for Fall showdowns.

Mayor William Hines did not seek re-election, setting up a Democratic showdown between Jeffrey Bobish and Robert Rossi. Bobish was the winner by a 105-37 margin and will face Republican Brian Katchur, who was unopposed yesterday and collected 31 token votes.

The winners of the Democratic nominations for the four council seats that area open were Bobish, Suzanne Hines, Robert Cryder and E. Kathleen Moro. Bobish was tops with 91 votes, followed by Hines, 87, Cryder, 81, and Moro, 69.

Losing out were Martha Steber, 60, Joseph Steber, 55, and Katchur, 48.

The four Democrats will face three or four Republicans. Three GOP members who wwere unopposed yesterday received token votes, including Mary Rayno, 43, Thomas Katchur, 32, and Robert Rossi, 24. There were also 70 write-in votes from Republicans. A person who his the highest among those votes with at least 10 write-in votes would win the fourth nomination.

There are two auditors' positions to be filled in the borough this year. There were no candidates for either of them.

Lehigh Township

Incumbent Lehigh Township Supervisor Wayne Wagner won a Republican ballot challenge yesterday.

He defeated newcomer Michelle Clark by a margin of 51 to 32. There was no Democratic candidate, although 11 persons from that party submitted write-in votes for the post.

Tax Collector Teresa M. Barna ran unopposed re-election to another four-year term. She has no opposition from either party and received 80 complimentary votes.

The township voters are also slated to elect an auditor to a six-year term. There were no candidates for the post yesterday although 13 Republicans cast write-in votes for the position.

Weatherly School Board

Five persons sought four Democratic and Republican nominations for four-year terms on the Weatherly Area School District Board of Education.

Three of the five candidates - Corey Gerhard, Brandon Pugh and Amy Potsko - won nominations on both ballots.

In the Democratic balloting, Gerhard was tops with 178 votes, followed by Pugh, 142, Potsko, 137, and Victoria Elliott, 103. Losing out was Girard A. Fewins Sr., who was two votes behind Elliott with 101.

Fewins, however, won a GOP nomination. Gerhard was high on that side as well with 244 votes, followed by Pugh, 198, Fewins, 189, and Potsko, 176. Elliott lost out on that side with 129.

Potsko was also a the lone candidate on both ballots for the two-year term on the board. She collected 153 Democratic token votes and 213 from the Republican.

East Side Boro

There was a shortage of candidates this time around in East Side Boro.

Mayor Gerald Jones Jr., a Democrat, is running for re-election and was unopposed both on the party's ballot and on the GOP side as well. He received 17 token votes.

Three council seats are set to expire. They are held by Sharon Mrozinski, Elizabeth Berger and Helen Jones. Berger and Mrozinski and Berger, both Democrats, ran without opposition yesterday and received 20 and 17 votes, respectively. There were 10 write-in votes for council from GOP voters.

No one ran yesterday for the tax collector's position, where the current officeholder, Lisa A. Jones, is not running. There were insufficient write-in votes from two two sides for someone to win a nomination.

Lausanne Township

There were no contested races on the Lausanne Township municipal ballot. In fact, no one ran for a six-year term on the board of supervisors, where Edward S. Klynowsky, a Democrat, did not seeking re-election. Neither party had sufficient write-in votes to win a nomination.

Tax Collector Carol Tulay is running for re-election to a four-year term. She has no opposition from either party and received 16 complimentary votes.

The township voters are scheduled to elect an auditor to a six-year term. There were no candidates for the post.

Packer Township

There were no contested races in Packer Township. In fact, no one ran for the tax collector's position, a four-year term being vacated by Lynn Nyer, and neither party had sifficient write-in votes to win a nomination.

Packer voters voted for a six-year term of township supervisor. Republican Grover Gerhard was unopposed and received 55 token votes.

Three auditors' positions are also slated to be filled by the electorate, for terms of six, four and two years. There were no candidates on either ballot for the posts.


With no contested races in Weatherly Borough, write-in votes were the focus of the day.

The voters are scheduled to fill four four-year terms on the council, but there were only three candidates on the ballot yesterday.

They included Norman Richie, who received 99 voters, Harold Farrow, 93, and cecelia Gower, 86. There were 81 Republican write-in votes for persons aspiring to win the fourth nomination.

On the GOP side, there were 146 write-in votes for four nominations. The persons who receive the four highest vote totals with at least 10 votes will receive nominations and run against the Republicans in the Fall.

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