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Two incumbents defeated in Penn Forest, JT School board

Published May 22. 2013 05:04PM

Challenges in Penn Forest Township and the Jim Thorpe Area School District highlighted Tuesday's Primary Election balloting, and in each race, an incumbent went down in defeat.

Paul Montemuro, chairman of the Penn Forest Board of Supervisors, was knocked out of the race as a Democratic candidate, whereas incumbenmt school director Robert Schaninger also lost out.

Penn Forest Township

In addition to the supervisors' race in Penn Forest, there was plenty of activity surrounding the tax collector's position, after longtime incumbent Barbara Ahner, a Democrat, opted to not run for re-election to a four-year term.

Only one candidate appeared on the ballot for that position. Republican Heidi Boese collected 155 token votes but it is likely she will have Democratic opposition in the Fall since there were 84 write-in votes that will be review by by the county board of elections to determine the winner of that nomination.

Montemuro, meanwhile, finished third in a three-person race on the Democratic side for two seats that are up for grabs. Winning the nominations are Scott T. Lignore and Robert J. Serafini, who had 182 and 129 votes, respectively. Monetmuro was 15 behind Searfini, with 114.

Another interesting situation resulted in the township when two persons finished in a tie for the second of two nominations on the Republican side for supervisor. Philip Shedaker won one nomination with 154 votes, while Floyd Day and Thomas W. Cross ended in a tie with 120 votes each. The tie will be broken by the candidates under the watch of the county's board of elections.

No one ran for the auditor's position that is up for grabs this year.

School board

In the race for four four-year terms on the Jim Thorpe Area School District Board of Education, three incumbents, Dennis McGinley, Gerald Strubinger and John P. Ciavarella, won nominations on both ballots while another incumbent, Robert Schaninger, was defeated.

McGinley topped both ballots. On the Democratic side, he had 480 votes, followed by Glen F. Confer Sr., 447, Strubinger, 405, and John P. Ciavarella, 342.

Losing out on that side were Schaninger, 245, and John F. Marchione, 233.

McGinley had 297 votes on the GOP side, followed by Confer, 277, Ciavarella, 261, and Strubinger, 256.

Marchione, 192, and Schaninger, 174, failed to win a nomination on that side.

Ciavarella was also a candidate for the two-year term on the board. Unopposed on both tickets, he received 480 token Democratic votes and 343 "comps" from the Republican voters.

Jim Thorpe

A November showdown for the four-year term as Mayor of Jim Thorpe is set up after yesterday's balloting.

Imcumbent Michael J. Sofranko, a Republican, was unopposed and received 159 token votes from party members yesterday.

In the Fall, he will face Democrat Dennis J. McGinley, who was unopposed on his party's ballot yesterday and received 262 complaimentary votes. McGinley was also the top vote-getter yesterday on both ballots in his bid to be re-elected to a four-year term on the Jim Thorpe School Board.

Meanwhile, there are four four-year terms on the borough council to be filled this year by the voters. There were four Democrats who received complimentary votes Tuesday, including newcomer Thomas Highland, 367, imcumbents Joanne Klitsch, 326, and Gregory Strubinger, and newcomer Paulette Haupt, 198.

The Republicans cast 60 write-in votes for council nominations yesterday. They will be reviewed by the county's board of elections to determine if anyone wins on that side.

Tax Collectror Terry McElmoyle, a Democrat, was unopposed on both tickets for re-election to a four-year term. He topped the Jim Thorpe ballot with 438 complimentary votes.

Kidder Township

There were no contested races in Kidder Township for the Primary balloting. Voters are scheduled to elect a person to a six-year term on the township's board of supervisors, a four-year term as tax collector and a six-year term as auditor.

In the supervisor's race, Democrat Mary Farnschlader, an incumbent, ran unopposed and received 62 token votes. She will face Republican Thomas "Bing" LaFond in November. he received 87 complimentary votes yesterday.

Tax collector Kim Ginopolas, a Democrat, is also running for re-election. She had no opposition on the Democratic ballot yesterday, where she collected 73 token votes. There were 13 write-in votes on the Republican side, where there was no candidate on the ballot.

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