Candidates still tied for final Southmoreland School Board spot
By Paul Paterra
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:29 p.m.
It appears the final spot on the ballot for the general election of the Southmoreland School Board will be determined by the luck of the draw.
As of June 8, the fourth spot on the Republican ticket was deadlocked between incumbent Catherine F. Fike and Lois Eberly. The pair each nothched 358 votes on the Republican ticket in Westmoreland County and 52 votes in Fayette County.
Jim Montini, diector of the Westmoreland County Election Bureau said he would not classify the results as official, but added “all the ballots have been counted and there's a tie.”
To break the tie a number is pulled out of a bottle similar to the one in which pills are pulled out for a game of pool, something Montini said rarely is needed.
Montini added the drawing is tentatively scheduled for June 17 in Westmoreland County.
“Until the tie is broken or the drawing is held, there's really nothing to say,” Eberly said.
Fike said she'd be satisfied no matter which way the drawing goes.
“As far as I'm concerned Lois is a wonderful person,” Fike said. “It doesn't matter to me, she's really a good option for the school district.”
Fike is seeking her second term on the school board.
Already securing spots on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election were incumbents Gail Rhodes and Levi Miller (the current board president) as well as former School Director Cheryl Byers Shipley and Robert Callaro.
Byers Shipley topped both tickets with 765 Democratic votes and 508 Republican votes.
She was followed by Rhodes (721 votes), Miller (666) and Callaro (548) for the top spots on the Democratic ticket.
Miller placed second on the Republican ticket with 466 votes, followed by Rhodes (441).
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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