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5 will seek 4 open spots on school board

| Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Four Democrats and one Republican will be vying for four open seats on the Connellsville Area School Board in November's general election.

On the ballot in November will be Democrats Jeffrey A. Harvey, Karen Blocker, Loretta Lint and Ed Zadylak, along with Republican Mark Rowan.

Harvey, 33, of Dunbar Township, received the most votes on both the Democratic and Republican tickets in Tuesday's primary. Harvey received 2,697 Democratic votes and 990 Republican votes, totaling 3,687.

Harvey is a registered nurse at Highlands Hospital and is currently on the school board.

He said renovations should be done in advance and fees should be set in advance. He said departments need to cut their budgets by at least 10 percent. He favors quarterly meetings to determine whether or not the district is on budget.

Blocker, 39, of Connellsville, received 3,428 votes on both tickets. She received 2,454 Democratic votes and 974 Republican votes.

Blocker is a medical records assistant at Highlands Hospital. She previously served on the school board for one term, which ended in December 2003.

Blocker favors every department cutting its budget by 5 to 10 percent as well as the board scrutinizing spending.

Lint, 68, of Connellsville, received 3,288 votes on both tickets. She garnered 2,371 Democratic votes and 917 Republican votes.

Lint is a retired nurse at Highlands Hospital. She is currently on the school board.

On controlling spending, Lint thinks there's a lot of projects the board needs to look, including the number of schools in the district. She said that evaluating spending is a must as well as keeping the spending aimed at the curriculum and the betterment of the students.

Zadylak, 54, of Dunbar Township, will only appear on the Democratic ticket. He garnered 2,283 Democratic votes. He received 785 Republican votes -- not enough to get him on the Republican ticket in November.

Zadylak was in automotive sales management for 21 years. He has never served on the school board. He said fiscal responsibility and academic accountability are his main issues, as the school district needs to run like a business and spending should be frugal.

Rowan, 40, of Dunbar Township, will only appear on the Republican ticket. He did not cross-file. He received 983 Republican votes, placing him behind Harvey's 990 Republican votes.

Rowan is an attorney. He has never served on the school board. In order to control spending, Rowan believes that directors must set priorities.

Richard Adobato received 2,670 total votes -- 1,999 Democratic and 671 Republican. He was followed by incumbent Chuck Wilson with 2,343 -- 1,660 Democratic votes and 683 Republican votes. John Shavel received 1,899 Democratic votes. He was only on the Democratic ticket.

All results are unofficial.

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