Races in 2 lower Carbon boroughs, township
The two boroughs and one of the two townships in the Palmerton area will see contested municipal races when the General Election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Voters will be asked to vote for contested candidates for the mayor and borough council of Palmerton, council positions in Bowmanstown and the Towamensing Township supervisor's race.
Meanwhile, there are no challenges in either the Lower Towamensing Township or Palmerton Area School Board balloting.
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.
There are plenty of choices for Palmerton Borough voters to make this time around. The town has contested races for the office of mayor, borough council and tax collector.
Mayor Christopher J. Olivia, a Democrat, is running for a four-year term to continue the duties to which he was appointed upon the resignation of former Mayor Brad Doll. Olivia will face Republican Jereme J. Barkanic for the position.
The borough council race will see six persons running for four four-year terms that are to be filled. On the Democratic side are Michael Ballard, Jason J. Behler, Kris W. Hoffner and Richard J. Nothstein. Behler and Hoffner are incumbents who were on the ballot while Ballard and Nothstein are also sitting council members who won Democratic positions via the write-in process.
Ballard, who was appointed to the board to fill the unexpired term of Randolph Gursky, who resigned, and Nothstein also appear on the Republican ballot and are joined by Gerard J. Alfano and Barkanic.
There is also a two-year term on council to be decided. Holly F. Hausman Sell, who holds the position by appointment to the vacancy created when Olivia was named mayor, is running for the term. A Democrat, she was unopposed in May, and also won the GOP nomination to virtually assure retention to the seat.
Meanwhile, the town will have a new tax collector, since Diane Andreas, a Democrat, is retiring from the position she held for many years. The candidates are Democrat Robin M. Barbosa and Republican Lisa Nemeth. The winner of that race will secure a four-year term.
Bowmanstown voters will have choices to make for positions on the borough council. Three Democrats and two Republicans are seeking the four four-year terms that are up for grabs.
The Democrats are Robert Moyer and incumbents William H. Ravert and Burdell C. Steigerwalt. The GOP candidates are John Domant and Darren Thomas.
The terms of current council members Chad Everett and Troy Muffley are set to expire. They did not seek re-election.
Mayor Keith Billig is retiring at the end of this year, with his likely successor to be Ravert, who won the Democratic nomination over Barry Pointon Jr. in the Primary Election. There is no candidate on the Republican ballot.
Tax Collector Maria Smith, a Democrat, is running for another four-year term and faces no opposition.
A race for the six-year term on the Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors will be decided by the voters in the General Election.
The challenge is between incumbent Republican Penny Kleintop and former supervisor Rodney George, a Democrat.
Township voters will also vote on the tax collector's position, although there is no race there. Democrat R. Bruce Reiner, who was appointed to the unexpired term of Mary Beers, who resigned, is running for his own four-year term and faces no opposition from the GOP.
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.
Lower Towamensing Township
There are no decisions awaiting Lower Towamensing Township voters this time around.
That's because two incumbents seeking re-election to their respective positions are unopposed.
They are Supervisor Ronald Walbert, who is seeking another six-year term on the board, and Tax Collector Connie D. Brown, who is running to retain her four-year term. Walbert appears on both ballots as he was a successful Republican write-in vote recipient in the Primary Election.
Township voters are also slated to elect two persons to serve on the board of auditors, one for a six-year term and the other for a two-year term. There are no candidates for the position.
No contests exist in balloting for positions on the Palmerton Area School District Board of Education where four four-year terms are slated to be filled.
Four incumbents, Susan Debski, Charles "Chuck" Myers, Barry W. Scherer and Darlene Yeakel, are running for re-election. Their names appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots without opposition.
The district includes the boroughs of Palmerton and Bowmanstown and the townships of Towamensing and Lower Towamensing.