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Carbon voter turnout is low

Published May 22. 2013 05:03PM

Tuesday's Primary Election in Carbon County failed to generate significant interest as only 18.67 percent of the eligible voters reported for the polls.

Of course, the fact that there were no contested races on the county level arguably contributed to the lowest voter turnout that people can remember. There are three county offices to be filled by the electorate, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court, Treasurer and Clerk of Courts. In each of those cases, incumbent Democrats were unopposed. In fact, there were no Republican candidates on the ballot who aspired to the Treasurer's and Clerk of Courts' positions.

Democrat Judy F. Moon of Nesquehoning was the top recipient of the token votes on the county level. The longtime Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court, she collected 3,037 votes from her party members.

Moon faces a challenge in November. Republican Jean Papay of Lower Towamensing Township is running against her. Yesterday, Papay received 1,768 votes from her party.

In the Treasurer's race, Ronald J. Sheehan of Jim Thorpe is seeking another four-year term. He garnered 2,973 token votes from Democrats. Meanwhile, Democrat William C. McGinley of Mahoning Township, the Clerk of Courts, was the recipient of 2,938 complimentary votes.

Meanwhile, county voters participated in balloting for a position on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The Democrats had a two-person race between Joseph C. Waters Jr. of Philadelphia and Jack McVay Jr. of Pittsburgh. The latter apparently won the statewide nomination. In Carbon, the Democrats favored Waters by a margin of 1,705 to 996.

Republican Vic Stabile of Middlesex Township, Cumberland County, was unopposed in the statewide GOP primary yesterday. The county Republicans gave Stabile 1,559 token votes locally.

With 98.7 percent of the statewide vote having been reported, McVay held a 282,260 to 227,313 lead over Waters. If that lead holds up, McVay and Stabile will go head-to-head in November for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Judge John Mussmano.

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