2 incumbents, 2 newcomers elected to board
By Mark Hofmann
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
Two incumbents and two newcomers will fill the four open seats on the Connellsville Area School Board for four-year terms.
With 100 percent reporting, incumbent Paul Means Jr., 44, of Bullskin led the way with 26 percent of the vote. He cross-filed and received 15 percent of Republican votes and 11 percent of the Democratic vote.
Jay Fox III, 45, of South Connellsville, a challenger, had 22 percent of the vote and also cross-filed with 12 percent of the Republican vote and 10 percent of the Democratic vote.
Incumbent Gary Wandel, 63, of Connellsville received 22 percent of the vote with 12 percent of the Republican vote and 10 percent of the Democratic vote.
Challenger James Duncan was elected to the board with 16 percent of the vote. Duncan ran only as a Democrat.
Incumbent P.J. Carte did not reclaim his seat. He only received 13 percent of the vote. He ran only as a Republican.
In the Mt. Pleasant Area School District, two incumbents, one former school board director and a newcomer took the four open, four-year seats on the board.
Board president Robert Gumbita, 71, of Norvelt led the pack with 22.3 percent of the vote, running as both a Democrat and Republican, followed by fellow incumbent Rick Albright, 60, of Mt. Pleasant with 21.8 percent of the vote on both tickets.
Also running on both tickets was Warren Leeder, 74, of Mt. Pleasant, who was a former board member, bringing in 21.2 percent of the vote.
New to politics, Kyle Potts, 19, of Trauger ran on just the Republican ticket and secured his place on the board with 17.8 percent of the vote.
The fifth candidate was former board member Charles Holt, 63, of Mt. Pleasant, who ran as a Democrat, but did not win a seat; he garnered just 16.1 percent of the vote.
Three incumbents will keep their seats for another four-year term as school directors on the Southmoreland School Board, joined by one newcomer.
One of the two challengers, Cheryl Byers-Shipley, 59, of East Huntingdon had the most votes between Westmoreland and Fayette counties with a total of 1,637.
Shipley cross-filed and received 23 percent of the vote in Fayette County and 23.5 percent of the vote in Westmoreland County.
Incumbent Gail Rhodes, 59, of East Huntingdon received 1,471 votes between the two counties. Also cross-filing, Rhodes received 24 percent of the vote in Fayette County and 22.3 percent of the vote in Westmoreland County.
Another incumbent, Levi Miller, 69, of Upper Tyrone received a total of 1,410 votes. Miller cross-filed and received 23 percent of the vote in Fayette and 21.2 percent of the vote in Westmoreland.
The third incumbent, Robert Callaro ran only as Democrat and received 18 percent of the vote in Fayette County and 15 percent of the vote in Westmoreland County. He received a total of 1,043 votes.
The challenger on the Republican ticket, Lois Eberly, did not win a seat on the board with a total of 966 votes. Eberly received 12 percent of the Fayette vote and 15.3 percent of the Westmoreland vote.
A newcomer received the most votes for school director on the Frazier School Board while three incumbents will retain their four-year-term seats.
Receiving 25 percent of the vote was newcomer Kevin Brown, who cross-filed. He received 14 percent of the vote from Democrats and 11 percent of the Republican vote.
Incumbent Thomas Shetterly also cross-filed and receive 24 percent of the vote with 14 percent from Democrats and 10 percent from Republicans.
Another incumbent, Deborah Vargo Alekson, received 21 percent of the vote. Also cross-filing, she received 14 percent of the Republican vote and 7 percent of the Republican vote.
Incumbent David G. Simmons, running as only a Democrat, received 18 percent of the vote.
The other newcomer, Francy Angelo, did not win a seat on the board, receiving just 12 percent of the vote. Angelo ran only as a Republican.
All results are unofficial until verified by the Fayette and Westmoreland election bureaus.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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