Thayer apparent winner in Bullskin
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
With a difference of only eight votes, Bullskin Township voters picked Republican Roy Thayer for their new township supervisor.
Thayer was the apparent winner in Tuesday's general election, receiving 831, or about 50 percent, of votes.
Butler, who was pitted against Thayer, also received about 50 percent, with 823 votes.
All numbers are unofficial until verified by the Fayette County Election Bureau.
Supervisor Bill Geary opted not to seek another term.
It was dejà vu for Butler and Thayer, with Thayer hoping things would turn out a little differently than in the primary.
In the primary, Butler and Thayer ran against each other on the Democratic ticket. Butler, 60, was the top vote-getter, beating Thayer by more than 50 votes.
Thayer received enough write-ins to have his name placed on the ballot on the Republican ticket in the general election.
It was not Butler's first time seeking a supervisor's position in Bullskin. He has sought the position the last five times, but was unsuccessful each time. He won the Democratic nomination for Bullskin supervisor in 2011 but lost his bid for the seat in a 741-732 vote when incumbent Scott Keefer mounted a write-in campaign after losing to Butler in the primary.
This was Thayer's first run for public office.
Incumbent Democratic Supervisor Greg Grimm won his bid for re-election against Republican challenger Gary Wilker.
Grimm received 73 percent of the vote, while Wilker received 27 percent.
Grimm, 50, will have served 12 years as a Saltlick supervisor at the end of this year.
Wilker, 56, was seeking office for the first time.
Mt. Pleasant Township
In the race for one available seat on Mt. Pleasant Township's board of supervisors, Democratic incumbent Frank Puskar won his bid for re-election, defeating Republican challenger Aaron Howard.
Puskar, 45, received 65.2 percent of the vote, while Howard received 34.75 percent.
Puskar was appointed to the board in 2007 and was elected later that year to a six-year term that expires in January. Since 2011, he has served as board chairman.
Howard, 36, is a self-employed equine dentist and a licensed auctioneer.
Tax collectors, auditors
• In Bullskin Township, Republican Kylie Stouffer Carleton lost her bid for tax collector against Democratic incumbent Louis Bell. Carleton received 30 percent of the vote, while Bell received 70 percent.
Republican Mike Lilley lost his bid for auditor, receiving 47 percent of the vote against Democratic candidate Jeffrey L. Martucci, who received 53 percent.
• In neighboring Connellsville Township, Republican Andrea D. Doppelheuer won her bid for tax collector, receiving 56 percent of the vote, while Democratic challenger Daralynn Dari Gilpin received 44 percent.
• In Dunbar Township, Democratic incumbent Marigrace Butela won her bid for re-election as tax collector, receiving 73 percent of the vote. Challenger Sheila J. Galliete received 27 percent.
• In Perry Township, Republican Sara Sickle lost her bid for auditor, receiving 33 percent of the vote, while Democratic challenger Pam Newmeyer won with 67 percent.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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