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Voters have choices in Northern Carbon

Published October 28. 2013 05:00PM

The General Election balloting in Northern Carbon County on Tuesday, Nov. 5, will see voters in two boroughs and two school districts facing challenges.

There are council races in both Beaver Meadows and Weatherly boroughs, and voters living in the Weatherly Area and Hazleton Area school districts will also have to decide races for board positions.

Meanwhile, there are no challenges in Banks, Lausanne, Lehigh and Packer townships, nor in East Side Borough.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the county's 51 election precincts, after which time the results will be tabulated at the county's election bureau in Jim Thorpe.

Beaver Meadows

Seven people are running for four four-year terms on the borough council in Beaver Meadows.

Suzanne Hines is one of them and her name will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots this time around.

She is joined on the Democratic slate by Jeffrey S. Bobish, Robert J. Cryder and E. Kathleen Moro. With her on the GOP slate are Thomas Katchur, Mary Rayno and Robert D. Rossi.

Bobish is likely going to be the town's new mayor. Mayor William Hines is retiring from the position and Bobish is the Democratic candidate without opposition from the Republican side. Republican Brian Katchur won a GOP nomination for the office of mayor in May and was scheduled to oppose Bobish before he withdrew from the race earlier this year.

That was the same case with Tax Collector Michael Komishock, a Republican who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Kathleen Moro, who resigned. Komishock appeared on the GOP ballot in May and won a nomination to run for his own four-year term, but he also withdrew from the race, leaving Beaver Meadows without a candidate for the four-year position of tax collector.

Borough voters are also slated to elect two people to serve on the board of auditors, one for a six-year term and the other for a four-year term. There are no candidates for the position.


There is a contested race for borough council positions in Weatherly Borough, with five candidates running for four four-year terms.

Republican Joseph D'Andrea has the apparent advantage in that race as his name appears on both ballots due to having secured sufficient write-in votes from the Democratic voters in May. He is an incumbent.

Joining him on the Democratic slate is Robert Chippi, who also garnered enough write-in votes from that party's voters.

The Republican candidates joining D'Andrea on the slate are incumbents Harold "Chipper" Farrow, Cecelia "Cece" Gower and Norman Richie.

Tax Collector Sandra E. Eroh, a Democrat, is running for re-election to a four-year term and is unopposed.

Weatherly Schools

Six people are seeking four four-year terms to be filled this year by voters on the Weatherly Area School District Board of Education.

Three of them won both Democratic and Republican nominations in the primary election and will appear on both ballots. They include incumbents Corey Gerhart and Amy Potsko and newcomer Brandon Pugh.

Three others will be aspiring to the fourth seat. They include incumbents Girard A. Fewins Sr., who won a Republican nomination in May, and Libertarian Bonita L. Barbush, and newcomer Victoria Elliot, the fourth Democratic candidates. Barbush initially did not seek re-election but filed the necessary paperwork after the Primary to enter the race as a nonmajor party candidate.

The term of incumbent John Toth Jr. is set to expire. he did not seek re-election.

There is also a two-year term on the board up for grabs. Potsko won both party nominations in May and is virtually assured to win that seat.

The district includes the boroughs of Weatherly and East Side and the townships of Lausanne, Lehigh and Packer, as well as the Kidder-North voting precinct.

Hazleton Schools

Balloting for four four-year terms on the Hazleton Area School District Board of Education will include the voters in Banks Township and Beaver Meadows Borough.

There are five people running for the four positions, including three who won both Democratic and Republican nominations in the primary. They are James G. Chapman, Bob Mehalick and Clarence John.

Meanwhile, two persons appear in a head-to-head contest as they appear on separate ballots. After both the Primary and a special election held in July in the Carbon precincts of the school district, as well as voting wards in Schuylkill County, Carmella Yenkevich emerged as the fourth Democratic candidate while Jared M. O'Donnell won the fourth GOP nomination.

Yenkevich initially lost races in both parties, but was declared the Democratic nominee after a special election was held in July because a candidate's name (Stephen Hahn) was incorrectly left on the ballots in May in Carbon and Schuylkill counties after the candidate had withdrawn from the race.

Banks Township

There are no apparent challenges on the Banks Township municipal ballot this year, as a newcomer seeking a six-year term on the board of supervisors won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in May and faces no ballot opposition.

Democrat Joseph Clark defeated incumbent supervisor Walter Bobowski in the Primary Election on their party's ballot, and also garnered sufficient Republican write-in votes to win that nomination as well.

Longtime Tax Collector Irene Makowiec, also a Democrat, is virtually assured re-election to another four-year term as she was unopposed on the Democratic ballot and, like Clark, also collected sufficient write-in votes from GOP voters to win a place on their ballot.

William Paul Dever is also a candidate in the township. A Democratic candidate, he is the lone person seeking the six-year term as an auditor.

East Side Borough

A shortage of candidates exist in East Side Borough, where voters are expected to fill three positions on the town council.

There are only two candidates on the ballot for the four-year terms and both are Democrats. They are Elizabeth Berger and Sharon Mrozinski. They are incumbents.

The term of current council member Helen Jones is set to expire. She is not a candidate.

Mayor Gerald D. Jones Jr., a Democrat, is running for re-election to another four-year term of office. He is without opposition.

No one is running for the four-year term as borough tax collector. The current collector, Lisa P. Jones, is not seeking re-election.

Lausanne Township

A shortage of candidates exists in Lausanne Township.

Supervisor Edward S. Klynowsky, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election, meaning a six-year term of office on the board is up for grabs. The problem is there is no candidate on either ballot.

Lausanne voters will also vote on the four-year tax collector's post, where incumbent Carol Tulay is seeking re-election. She is a Democrat.

Township voters are also slated to elect one person to serve on the board of auditors for a six-year term. There are no candidates for the position.

Lehigh Township

Two incumbents seeking re-election to their Lehigh Township positions are without opposition in the General Election.

Wayne Wagner and Teresa M. Barna, both Republicans, face opposition. Wagner is seeking return to a six-year term on the board of supervisors while Barna aspires to another four-year term as the township's tax collector.

Lehigh voters will also fill a position on the board of auditors. Republican Cynthia Baade is the lone candidate for the six-year term of office.

Packer Township

No races exist in Packer Township this time around.

In fact, incumbent Supervisor Grover J. Gerhard, a Republican, is the lone candidate. He is seeking return to another six-year term on the board.

Tax Collector Lynn Nyer's term is set to expire. No one is running for the four-year term that is available.

Township voters are also slated to elect three persons to serve on the board of auditors, one for a six-year term, one for a four-year term and the other for a two-year term. There are no candidates for the position.

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