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UPSD Board Candidates Await Certification
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-12-01

            Uncertainty looms over next week's Upper Perkiomen's School Board reorganization meeting. Five days before the Dec. 6 meeting, the results of four races have yet to be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

            District officials have not been officially informed of the four winners, according to board President Melanie Cunningham. Normally, a winning candidate receives a notice of congratulations in the mail. She said Wednesday morning that she is not sure if the winning candidates can join the board without proper certification.

            However, Cunningham said she expects to take the oath of office during the meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the middle school in the Sandra M. Kassel Auditorium. She expressed confidence that the situation regarding the certification would be resolved by then. Cunningham also said she expects to continue as board president.

            Candidates can't legally take their seats until the results are certified, according to Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. She said an official winner can't be declared until certification is complete. 

            However, district officials expect the swearing-in to proceed as planned, according to spokesperson Nicole Gum. She wrote in an email that administrators have been told they would have the certified results in hand no later than Friday. 

            A phone message left Wednesday morning for a department spokesperson was not returned. A phone number posted on the Department of State's quick contact list for election is not in service, according to a recording.

            Cunningham said the vote totals will be read during the meeting. She said a Montgomery County official recently informed her that the counting was complete, and that the top four vote getters have already been identified.

            Incumbents Keith McCarrick and Cunningham led all candidates with 3,101 and 3,090, votes respectively. Emily Psaris McCormick (2,465) and JP Prego (2,344) finished third and fourth, respectively, according to official totals posted on the Montgomery and Berks county websites.

            A link on the Montgomery County Voter Services web page to the Secretary of State's website displays only unofficial results to judicial races from the Nov. 2 General Election. No other results are available. Election officials in Montgomery County certified the results from the school board election on Nov. 22, according to spokesperson Kelly Cofrancisco. 


 

 

 

 

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