Ligonier Township voters approve referendum
Two more supervisor terms will be up for grabs in next year's election cycle, as the majority of voters approved a ballot referendum asking if the board should expand.
The referendum got approval from 57 percent of voters on Election Day, according to unofficial results. It was spearheaded by the Brighter Future Political Action Committee, a group of residents who gathered more than 400 signatures during the summer so the question could be placed on the ballot.
The committee said the addition of two supervisors would improve governance and oversight of township operations.
According to Pennyslvania's Second Class Township Code, a board of supervisors may consist of three members — or five, if approved by electors.
Newly elected supervisors Scott Matson and Paul E. Knupp have said they approve of the expansion, while Supervisor Tim Komar said he feels it is not necessary at this time.
An additional three-year term and a five-year term will be filled in next year's election cycle.
Also on Election Day, Republicans Carolyn R. Shafer and Kim Dickert-Wallace and Democrat John E. Maier were chosen to continue to serve on the Ligonier Valley School Board, and Republican David Wilcox has been elected to join them in January.
They defeated challengers Carl Fabrizio and Barbara Boring, both Democrats, and Republican Edward Sutter on Nov. 5 in the race for the four, four-year terms, according to unofficial election returns.
Unopposed candidate JoAnn Thistlethwaite claimed the two-year term. Thistlethwaite and the four winning candidates were endorsed by the Valley Education Political Action Committee.
Shafer received 18.2 percent of the votes, with Maier at 15.8 percent, Wallace at 15.7 percent and Wilcox at 14.7 percent.
Some of the goals the four candidates cited as part of their election platforms included connecting with the community, promoting communication between the board and public and uniting all corners of the district.
Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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