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County Commissioners and School Boards Top Voter Lists
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

            Tuesday's weather was favorable to voters as a 60+-degree temperature made for a pleasant opportunity to get out and vote.

            With many municipal candidates running unopposed, local attention was on the races for county commissioners and local school boards.

            In Montgomery County where 46.1 percent of the voters cast their ballot, incumbent Democrat Jamila Winder (152,306) and running mate Neil Makhija (143,386) came in first and second in the race for Montgomery County Commissioner.  Republican Thomas DiBello (85,934) will serve as the minority member on the Board of Commissioners.

            In Berks County 32.5 percent of the voters cast their ballot either by mail or in person.   

            Incumbent Republican Christian Leinbach (41,658) and incumbent Democrat Dante Santoni, Jr. (37,895) should be retaining their seats as Berks County Commissioners.

            Bucks County had a 42.4 percent voter turnout that has Democrat incumbents Diane Ellis-Marseglia (103,495) and Robert Harvie (95,503) retaining their seats as County Commissioners.

            Competitive school board races added extra interest in local elections.

            In the race for five seats on the Upper Perkiomen School Board, the only incumbent running for reelection, Democrat Peg Pennepacker, topped all candidates with 3,363 votes  She also kept the GOP from sweeping all five seats as the next four finishers were Republicans Sarah Bieber (3,327), Elizabeth Fluckey (3,155), Trina Schaarschmidt ((3,138), and Michael Long (3,135).

            David O'Donnell, running on both the Democrat and Republican ticket ran unopposed for a seat on the Quakertown Community School Board in Region 1.  In a three-way race for Region 2, incumbents Chris Spear (1,871), running on both the Democrat and Republican ballot, and Republican Jonathan Kern (1,539) appear to have retained their seats. In a close race for two positions in Region 3 incumbent Democrat Brian Reimers (1,357) and Joseph Lyons (1,356), running on both the Democrat and Republican ballots are leading incumbent Republican Mike Post (1,317).

            For a four-year term on the Boyertown Area School Board's Region 1, incumbent Republican Christine Neiman (2,217) retained her seat.  In the battle for the two-year term in that region, Republican incumbent Marianne Scott (2,227) appears to be retaining her seat as well.  In Region 2 incumbent Republicans Roger Updegrove (724) and James Brophy (683) should also be retaining their seats.

            All results are preliminary until certified by officials. 

            As of Wednesday morning, 1,555 of 76,164 mail-in and absentee ballots in Montgomery County were remaining to be evaluated.  Montgomery County officials are planning to evaluate provisional ballots on Nov. 10.  Military and American citizens living abroad have until Nov. 14 to return their ballots.   






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