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Lansford mayor wins contested GOP primary

Published May 22. 2013 05:04PM

Lansford Mayor Ronald Hood won a contested Primary Election race on Tuesday, and will have further opposition in November, while Democratic voters in the Panther Valley communities decided on four nominations for four-year terms on the school district's board of education.

Those two contested races were the only ones to be decided by the voters in Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill.

The recapitulation of voting totals is as follows:


In what was a dismal turnout of voters, Mayor Hood defeated challenger Tim Midas by a margin of 57-46 to win the GOP nomination. He will face Democrat James Romankow in November for the four-year term. The latter was unopposed and collected 128 votes from party members yesterday.

In the borough council balloting, three four-year terms are to be filled this year by the voters. Only two Democrats and one Republican appeared on the ballots, although there were plenty of write-in votes that need to be reviewed by the county's board of elections.

On the Democratic side, John Williams led the way with 165 votes while incumbent Leonard Kovatch had 130 votes. There were 68 Democratic write-in votes. To win a nomination, a candidate must have 10 votes or be the highest among the others who received write-in votes.

The Republicans gave Martin S. Ditsky 90 token votes for one nomination. Thirty-three other write-in votes were submitted by the GOP.

Tax Collector Daniel J. Wynn was the top vote recipient in the town, A Democrat, he is running without opposition for another four-year term and collected 240 complimentary votes.

PV School Board

Meanwhile, in the balloting for four four-year terms that are available on the Panther Valley School Board, the Democrats had five candidates. Incumbent Irene Genther lost that nomination, finishing fifth, but she will be one of four GOP candidates in the Fall.

Newcomer Brian J. Dolena of Summit Hill topped the Democratic race with 630 votes. That total also includes the balloting that took place in Coaldale, as well as the three PV communities in Carbon.

Incumbent Richard Zabroski finished second on the Democratic side with 585 votes while also winning nominations were newcomers Daniel J. Heaney and John Williams with 552 and 532 votes, respectively. Genther followed with 499.

On the Republican side, there were only four candidates, as Heaney did not file a petition to get his name on that ballot. Zabroski was tops on the GOP side with 347 votes, followed by Dolena, 336, Williams, 312, and Genther, 309.

Dolena, Zabroski and Williams will be on both ballots in November while Heaney will join them on the Democratic side and Genther will be the fourth GOP candidate.


There were no contested races in Nesquehoning yesterday.

Running on the Democratic side to retain their four-year terms were Mayor K. Tony Walck, Tax Collector Patricia Vito and council members Mary Fox and Rose Sniscak Walck.

Mayor Walck collected 181 token votes. There was no Republican candidate on the ballot, but a nomination for that side is pending the review of 38 write-in votes that were submitted by the GOP.

Vito topped the ballot in the town with 303 votes. She will be unopposed in the Fall.

In the council balloting, incumbent Mary Fox was the top vote recipient with 230 votes, followed by Michael T. Sniscak with 195 and Rose Sniscak Walck with 181. Republican Richard Zabroski was the only GOP candidate. He received 85 token votes.

Summit Hill

In Summit Hill, six Democrats who were on the ballot were all unopposed and there were no Republican candidates.

Mayor Paul R. McArdle is running for another four-year term, as is Tax Collector Alice Kane. The latter was the top vote-getter with 337 votes while the mayor had 331.

In the council race, four incumbents received token votes. William J. O'Gurek Jr. topped the balloting for three four-year terms with 326 votes, followed by John O'Gurek Jr. with 249 and William Chapman with 211. In the balloting for a two-year term, Gregory J. Kosciolek garnered 311 votes.

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