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20-year Mt. Pleasant Area school director loses election; 3 newcomers win

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 10:24 p.m.
John Sarnese
John Sarnese
Robert Gumbita Sr.
Robert Gumbita Sr.
Warren Leeder
Warren Leeder
Donald Seder is a candidate for the Mt. Pleasant Area School Board.
Donald Seder is a candidate for the Mt. Pleasant Area School Board.
Kim Grindle
Kim Grindle

A longtime Mt. Pleasant Area school director was ousted Tuesday and three newcomers are set to join the board for four-year terms, according to unofficial returns.

Robert Gumbita Sr., 75, lost re-election with 12 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns. He has been on the board for the last 20 years, serving as its president for the last 13.

Newcomers Donald Seder, 50; Kimberly Grindle, 57: and John Sarnese, 72; were top vote-getters, along with incumbent Warren Leeder, 78. According to unofficial returns, Seder had 22.5 percent of the vote, Grindle had 22 percent, Sarnese had 22 percent and Leeder had 20 percent.

“They want a change,” Sarnese said of voters. “Then we got all five people in there and we're going to make changes. And it's going to be a positive change.”

Seder said he is excited, but nervous.

“I'm very humbled more than anything,” Seder said. “I'm happy that I'm going to get to work with a lot of good people.”

The fifth person to whom Sarnese was referring was Ron Bauer, who ran on the Republican ticket for a two-year term against Larry Tate. Bauer got 54 percent of the vote to Tate's 46 percent.

Sarnese, Seder and Leeder were cross-filed. Grindle was appointed by the Republican party and Gumbita won a Democratic nomination.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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