2017 Election: Lehighton area races
Voter turnout in the Lehighton area is likely to be the most heavy on Tuesday, when the 2017 General Election is held.
That’s because there are six contested races in which voters will have decisions to make.
The most visible of those races is that of the Lehighton Area School District Board of Education, where seven people are aspiring to win four four-year terms on the board and three people are running for two two-year terms.
In Lehighton Borough, there is a mayor’s race and a borough council contest, while races also exist for supervisors’ seats in Franklin and Mahoning townships; there is also a contest to decide who will be mayor in Parryville; and one magisterial district judge race has a contest.
Otherwise, there are no contested races in East Penn Township, Weissport Borough, nor two other magisterial district judge positions.
Here is what voters in the Lehighton area will see on their municipal ballots:
Lehighton School Board
Two of the seven candidates for the four four-year terms on the Lehighton School Board are cross-filed, having won both Democratic and Republican nominations in the May primary. They are Gail Maholick and Stephen L. Holland.
The other candidates are Democrats Gloria J. Bowman and Duane R. Eidem, Republicans Joy Beers and David F. Bradley Sr. and Libertarian Frances B. Flickinger.
Maholick and Larry Stern are also candidates for two two-year terms on the board and they appear on both ballots. The third candidate for a two-year term is Libertarian Richard D. Beltz.
The district includes Lehighton, Parryville and Weissport boroughs and East Penn, Franklin and Mahoning townships.
In the borough balloting, the voters will decide who will be the next mayor. The choice is between Democrat Douglas J. Nothstein or Republican Clark Ritter, the latter having defeated incumbent Mayor Thomas L. Mase in the May GOP primary.
There is also a race in the borough for three four-year terms on the borough council, where three Democrats are facing three Republicans.
The Democratic candidates are Joe Flickinger, Helen Torok and Scott T. Rehrig, all incumbents, while the Republican candidates are Autumn Abelovsky, Ryan R. Saunders and Denise Murphy.
Tax collector Mary E. Strohl, a Republican, is running for re-election to another four-year term of office and is unopposed.
The supervisor’s race in Franklin features Democrat David F. Bradley Sr. vs. Republican Jason Frey. The winner will earn a six-year term.
Sara J. Keiser, Franklin’s tax collector, is running on both ballots to be re-elected to another four-year term and is virtually assured the win.
There is also a six-year term on the board of auditors to be filled.
The lone candidate is Republican Howard R. Boehringer Jr.
There are three seats on the Mahoning Township board of supervisors to be filled this time around, one for six years, one for four years and the other for two years. The latter term is where the race exists.
Democrat Nevin Frey is running against Republican Robert Slaw for the position.
For the six-year term, Republican Bruce R. Steigerwalt is running unopposed, as is Myron Zeke Blahy, a Democrat seeking the four-year term without opposition.
Tax collector Pauline F. Homm is running again for another four-year term. She won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in the primary election.
Mahoning voters are also scheduled to decide on a six-year term on the township’s board of auditors.
The lone candidate is Republican Wallace Putkowski.
For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, there is a contested race in the borough of Parryville.
That contest is between Democrat Kevin L. Greenzweig and Republican Dean Emery for the four-year term as mayor.
Otherwise, the borough is short on candidates. There are four four-year terms to be filled on the borough council, and the only candidate is Democrat Sharon K. Hinkle.
No one is running for the four-year term as tax collector in the borough.
Voters in East Penn Township and the Mahoning and New Mahoning districts of Mahoning Township will participate in the balloting for the six-year term as magisterial district judge (magistrate) in District 56-3-03. The district also includes Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill boroughs.
Longtime district judge Casimir T. Kosciolek is running for re-election and was unopposed on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May primary.
He has a general election challenge. Libertarian candidate Debby Rabold was successful in getting her name added to the ballot.
East Penn Township
There are no races in East Penn Township this year. Township voters will fill two supervisors’ seats, both for six-year terms, as well as that of the tax collector and two positions on the board of auditors.
There are only two candidates for the two seats on the board of supervisors.
Republicans Steven C. Heckman and John M. Strockoz are unopposed.
So, too, is longtime tax collector Thomas N. Beck, a Democrat running for another four-year term.
The auditor positions are for six- and four-year terms. Republican Lee Becker is running unopposed for the six-year term while there are no candidates for the four-year term.
There is only one candidate on the municipal ballot in Weissport. She is Brenda E. Leiby, a Democrat running for one of three four-year terms on the borough council.
Otherwise, no one is running for either the mayor’s office or to be tax collector in the borough. Both positions are four-year terms.
Voters in Parryville and Franklin Township will participate in the balloting for the six-year term as magisterial district judge in District 56-3-02. Bill Kissner, who is completing his first six-year term of office, is seeking re-election to another term and is virtually assured victory since his name appears on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.
The district also includes Bowmanstown and Palmerton boroughs and Towamensing and Lower Towamensing townships.
Voters in Lehighton, Weissport and the Packerton/Jamestown District of Mahoning Township will participate in the balloting for the six-year term as magisterial district judge in District 56-3-01.
Eric M. Schrantz, who was appointed to the office upon the retirement of his stepfather, Edward M. Lewis, is running unopposed for the position, having been unopposed on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May primary.
The district also includes Jim Thorpe and Penn Forest Township.