PIKE COUNTY - Several contested elected offices appear on the May 21st Primary Ballot in Pike County. Among the challenges, voters have a choice of candidates for Sheriff, District Justice for two courts, and several municipal boards and tax collector positions.
Pike County Elections Office released the "unofficial" candidate list. March 27th is the last day any candidate who filed a petition may withdraw his or her name from the ballot. After that date, the list becomes official.
In the Primary, voters must choose within their own party, Republican or Democrat. In some cases, there is no actual contest for the Spring Primary, but challenges await the November General Election when votes are cast regardless of party affiliation.
Even uncontested ballot races or ballot positions without a candidate, can change dramatically with successful write-in campaigns. If no one is running, to be counted as a potential nominee, there must be at least 10 valid write-in Primary votes for a township or borough race or 100 write-in votes for a county level race.
There are only three ballot contests for Democratic voters this time around. They include the two races for District Court and Lehman Township Tax Collector.
There are no municipal ballot challenges at all in Blooming Grove Twp.; Matamoras Borough, Milford Borough; Milford Twp.; Palmyra Twp.; Porter Twp. or Shohola Twp.
As it stands at present, voters can follow these contested ballot races:
• Pike County Sheriff: Republican voters will choose between incumbent Phil Bueki, and Nancy Price. There are no Democrats running.
• There are two contested races for Magisterial District Judge.
For District Court 60-3-02, covering Blooming Grove, Greene and Palmyra Townships, there are two candidates both running on a split Republican/Democratic ticket. They are Shannon L. Muir and Mark E. Moulton, both practicing attorneys. Judge Jay Rose, who is serving in this post, is retiring.
District Court 60-3-04, now served by Judge Stephen McBride, covers Delaware, Lehman and Porter Townships. There are two candidates, Paul Menditto who is running on a split Republican/ Democratic ticket, and Robert A. Bowell, who is running on the Democratic side.
• In Delaware Township, Republicans Marguerite Nemeth and Jeffrey Scheetz are running for one open Supervisor seat.
Also in Delaware Township, there is a hot contest set up for Tax Collector, with four Republican candidates, Bob Byrne, Dennis Lee, Virginia Shamlian and Amanda Henderson.
• In Dingman Township, three people are running for Tax Collector on the Republican ticket: James Leiser, Marian Foran and Laura Orben.
EDITOR'S NOTE:Kerry W. Welsh is running for Dingman Township supervisor, NOT for tax collector as stated previously. In addition, Laura Orben's name was not included in the first published version.
• Greene Township voters will choose from two Republican candidates for Supervisor, incumbent Edward H. Simon and Charles A. Olsommer.
• In Lackawaxen Township, three people are vying for one Supervisor seat, on the Republican ticket. Incumbent Brian Stuart is being challenged by Ronald M. Tussel Jr., and Michael "Mike" Mancino.
• Lehman Township voters will choose from two Republican candidates for Supervisor, Dick Vollmer and Nelson Roig.
Lehman Tax Collector Roseann E. Van Why, a Democrat, is seeking a new term but is challenged by Diane Hinson and Joyce A. Morgan.
Two Republicans are vying for Lehman Township Auditor 6-year term: Mark Moorehead and George Kelly.
• Westfall Township, where there is a five-member Board of Supervisors, has two open seats. Three Republicans are trying to win a place at the table: Robert J. Bostinto, Lester James Buchanan and Jerry Dotey.
Two Republicans are competing for the post of Tax Collector in Westfall Township: Incumbent Laurie L. Pearce and Megan Banach.
The complete, "unofficial" list of Pike County, PA candidates for the May 21, 2013 Primary follows:
Countywide Sheriff R Nancy Price
Countywide Sheriff R Phil Bueki
60-3-02 Magisterial District Judge R/D Shannon L. Muir
60-3-02 Magisterial District Judge R/D Mark E. Moulton
60-3-04 Magisterial Disctrict Judge R/D Paul Menditto
60-3-04 Magisterial District Judge D Robert A. Bowell
DVSD School Director 2 yr R/D Pam Lutfy
DVSD School Director 2 yr R/D Jessica Adler Decker
DVSD School Director 4 yr R/D Susan Schor
DVSD School Director 4 yr R/D Pam Lutfy
DVSD School Director 4 yr R/D Jessica Adler Decker
DVSD School Director 4 yr R/D John R. Fisher
WAHS School Director R/D John Kiesendahl
WAHS School Director R/D Coulby Dunn
WAHS School Director R/D Lisa Smith
WAHS School Director R/D Michael Romeo
Blooming Grove Supervisor R Randy Schmalzle
Blooming Grove Tax Collector R Kaye Ernst
Blooming Grove Tax Collector D Jeanine Tenzi
Blooming Grove Auditor D James Pellechia
Delaware Supervisor R Marguerite Nemeth
Delaware Supervisor R Jeffrey Scheetz
Delaware Tax Collector R Bob Byrne
Delaware Tax Collector R Dennis Lee
Delaware Tax Collector R Virginia Shamlian
Delaware Tax Collector R Amanda Henderson
Delaware Tax Collector D Mary Lou Corbett
Delaware Auditor R Jane Neufeld
Delaware Constable R Edward Hammond
Dingman Supervisor R Kerry W. Welsh
Dingman Tax Collector R James Leiser
Dingman Tax Collector R Marian Foran
Dingman Tax Collector R Laura Orben
Dingman Tax Collector D Jesse Tashlik
Dingman Auditor R Denise Ayala
Greene Supervisor R Edward H. Simon
Greene Supervisor R Charles A. Olsommer
Greene Tax Collector R Barbara Gilpin
Greene Auditor 6 year R Steven Nesco
Greene Auditor 4 year R Debra K. Gunnip
Lackawaxen Supervisor R Brian Stuart
Lackawaxen Supervisor R Ronald M. Tussel, Jr.
Lackawaxen Supervisor R Michael "Mike" Mancino
Lackawaxen Tax Collector R Frances E. James
Lehman Supervisor R Dick Vollmer
Lehman Supervisor R Nelson Roig
Lehman Tax Collector R Hal H. Harris
Lehman Tax Collector D Roseann E. Van Why
Lehman Tax Collector D Diane Hinson
Lehman Tax Collector D Joyce A. Morgan
Lehman Auditor 6 year R Mark Moorhead
Lehman Auditor 6 year R George Kelly
Lehman Auditor 6 year D Jacquelyn B. Wells
Matamoras Boro Councilman R Peter Sigreto
Matamoras Boro Councilman R JoAnn Featherman
Matamoras Boro Councilman R Kevin M. Rose
Matamoras Boro Councilman R Lynn Moore
Matamoras Boro Councilman D Linda O'Donnell
Matamoras Boro Councilman D Joseph Sain
Matamoras Boro Councilman D Eric Kudrich
Matamoras Boro Tax Collector D Jane Drake
Milford Boro Mayor R Robert Bo Fean
Milford Boro Councilman R Joseph Casmus
Milford Boro Councilman R Robert W. Ciervo
Milford Boro Councilman R Karen Loeschorn
Milford Boro Tax Collector R Carol S. Osterberg
Milford Twp Supervisor R Ray Willis
Milford Twp Supervisor D Gary Clark
Milford Twp Tax Collector R Viola K. Canouse
Palmyra Supervisor R Thomas A. Simons
Palmyra Tax Collector R Maria Coutts
Palmyra Auditor D Bernadine A. Lennon
Porter Supervisor R Kenneth J. Kohler
Porter Tax Collector D Joan Horger
Shohola Supervisor R Keith W. Raser
Shohola Tax Collector D Elizabeth Myers
Westfall Supervisor R Robert J. Bostinto
Westfall Supervisor R Lester James Buchanan
Westfall Supervisor R Jerry Dotey
Westfall Supervisor D William Jamros
Westfall Tax Collector R Laurie L. Pearce
Westfall Tax Collector R Megan Banach.