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Bullskin candidate can be placed on GOP ticket

| Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:58 p.m.

A candidate for Bullskin Township supervisor received enough votes in a recount to be placed on the Republican ticket in the general election.

In the May primary election, candidate Roy Thayer lost on the Democratic ticket to David Butler.

No Republicans ran for the six-year seat. However, both candidates received write-in votes on the Republican ticket. Larry Blosser, director of the Fayette County Election Bureau, said Fayette County Judge Steve Leskinen ruled in favor of Thayer's appeal for write-in name variations or surnames to be counted, giving him enough votes to be placed on the Republican ticket in the general election in November.

Butler, 60, and Thayer, 55, were the only Democrats seeking the nomination for the six-year term of supervisor.

Thayer and Butler will face off in the November general election.

In Dunbar Township, incumbent Supervisor John Tabaj won the Democratic nomination for the six-year seat in the primary, receiving 43 percent of the vote while challenger Vern Ohler received 42 percent of the vote. Challenger Chuck Clark received 14 percent of the vote on the Democratic side.

However, Ohler won a spot on the Republican ticket with write-in votes.

A hearing will be held before Leskinen on disputed name variations, however.

As with the Bullskin Township race, no Republicans sought the position.

Tabaj, 68, was seeking his second term. Ohler, 51, has worked for the Connellsville Street Department for 20 years.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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