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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Contests set on Pike ballot

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  • Managing EditorPIKE 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.CONTESTED RACESAs it stands at present, voters can follow these contested ballot races:Sheriff• Pike County Sheriff: Republican voters will choose between incumbent Phil Bueki, and Nancy Price. There are no Democrats running.District Judge• 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.Municipal races• 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.Complete listThe complete, "unofficial" list of Pike County, PA candidates for the May 21, 2013 Primary follows:Countywide Sheriff R Nancy PriceCountywide Sheriff R Phil Bueki60-3-02 Magisterial District Judge R/D Shannon L. Muir60-3-02 Magisterial District Judge R/D Mark E. Moulton60-3-04 Magisterial Disctrict Judge R/D Paul Menditto60-3-04 Magisterial District Judge D Robert A. BowellDVSD School Director 2 yr R/D Pam LutfyDVSD School Director 2 yr R/D Jessica Adler DeckerDVSD School Director 4 yr R/D Susan SchorDVSD School Director 4 yr R/D Pam LutfyDVSD School Director 4 yr R/D Jessica Adler DeckerDVSD School Director 4 yr R/D John R. FisherWAHS School Director R/D John KiesendahlWAHS School Director R/D Coulby DunnWAHS School Director R/D Lisa SmithWAHS School Director R/D Michael RomeoBlooming Grove Supervisor R Randy SchmalzleBlooming Grove Tax Collector R Kaye ErnstBlooming Grove Tax Collector D Jeanine TenziBlooming Grove Auditor D James PellechiaDelaware Supervisor R Marguerite NemethDelaware Supervisor R Jeffrey ScheetzDelaware Tax Collector R Bob ByrneDelaware Tax Collector R Dennis LeeDelaware Tax Collector R Virginia ShamlianDelaware Tax Collector R Amanda HendersonDelaware Tax Collector D Mary Lou CorbettDelaware Auditor R Jane NeufeldDelaware Constable R Edward HammondDingman Supervisor R Kerry W. WelshDingman Tax Collector R James LeiserDingman Tax Collector R Marian ForanDingman Tax Collector R Laura OrbenDingman Tax Collector D Jesse TashlikDingman Auditor R Denise AyalaGreene Supervisor R Edward H. SimonGreene Supervisor R Charles A. OlsommerGreene Tax Collector R Barbara GilpinGreene Auditor 6 year R Steven NescoGreene Auditor 4 year R Debra K. GunnipLackawaxen Supervisor R Brian StuartLackawaxen Supervisor R Ronald M. Tussel, Jr.Lackawaxen Supervisor R Michael "Mike" MancinoLackawaxen Tax Collector R Frances E. JamesLehman Supervisor R Dick VollmerLehman Supervisor R Nelson RoigLehman Tax Collector R Hal H. HarrisLehman Tax Collector D Roseann E. Van WhyLehman Tax Collector D Diane HinsonLehman Tax Collector D Joyce A. MorganLehman Auditor 6 year R Mark MoorheadLehman Auditor 6 year R George KellyLehman Auditor 6 year D Jacquelyn B. WellsMatamoras Boro Councilman R Peter SigretoMatamoras Boro Councilman R JoAnn FeathermanMatamoras Boro Councilman R Kevin M. RoseMatamoras Boro Councilman R Lynn MooreMatamoras Boro Councilman D Linda O'DonnellMatamoras Boro Councilman D Joseph SainMatamoras Boro Councilman D Eric KudrichMatamoras Boro Tax Collector D Jane DrakeMilford Boro Mayor R Robert Bo FeanMilford Boro Councilman R Joseph CasmusMilford Boro Councilman R Robert W. CiervoMilford Boro Councilman R Karen LoeschornMilford Boro Tax Collector R Carol S. OsterbergMilford Twp Supervisor R Ray WillisMilford Twp Supervisor D Gary ClarkMilford Twp Tax Collector R Viola K. CanousePalmyra Supervisor R Thomas A. SimonsPalmyra Tax Collector R Maria CouttsPalmyra Auditor D Bernadine A. LennonPorter Supervisor R Kenneth J. KohlerPorter Tax Collector D Joan HorgerShohola Supervisor R Keith W. RaserShohola Tax Collector D Elizabeth MyersWestfall Supervisor R Robert J. BostintoWestfall Supervisor R Lester James BuchananWestfall Supervisor R Jerry DoteyWestfall Supervisor D William JamrosWestfall Tax Collector R Laurie L. PearceWestfall Tax Collector R Megan Banach.

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