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1 incumbent survives in crowded Southmoreland School Board race

| Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Only one incumbent on the Southmoreland School Board, Mike Bentz, will make it onto the ballot in November's general election.

Ten candidates were vying for five open seats in Tuesday's primary.

With 100 percent of the vote in, winning the nominations on the Republican ticket were James Beistel, Aimee Love, Jason Pawlikowsky, Ken Alt and Bentz.

Receiving the Democratic nominations were Pawlikowsky, Beistel, Love, Bentz and Alt.

The school district straddles Westmoreland and Fayette counties.

In Westmoreland County on the Republican, ticket Beistel received 13 percent of the vote; followed by Love with 13 percent; Pawlikowsky, 12 percent; Alt, 10 percent; and Bentz, 10 percent.

On the Democratic ticket, Pawlikowsky lead with 14 percent; followed by Beistel with 13.9 percent; Love, 13 percent; Bentz, 11 percent; and incumbent Samuel J. Accipiter Jr., 10 percent.

In Fayette on the Republican side, Love was the top vote-getter with 13 percent, followed by Beistel, Alt, and Pawikowsky, all with 11 percent; and Alverda F. Clawson, 10 percent.

On the Democratic side, Pawlikowsky and Love each received 14 percent of the vote; Bentz, 12 percent; and Beistel and Alt, 11 percent.

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