ShareThis Page
News

Early calculations show Cheplic ahead by 2 votes

| Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003

UNION TOWNSHIP - After 13 hours of voting and an agonizing night of tallying and re-tallying, it appears the race for two Union Township supervisor seats is too close to call.

With 100 percent of the precincts in, the unofficial tally for the Democrats has incumbent Steve Parish ahead with 1,063 votes, write-in candidate George Cheplic next with 986 and incumbent Scott Tkach just behind with 984.

Cheplic's tally was according to individual numbers listed at all seven precincts.

On the Republican side, John Schneider received 283 votes and Randy Gleason picked up 263.

The top two vote-getters earn six-year seats on the board of supervisors.

Cheplic, a township businessman, did not enter the race until six weeks ago when the township's supervisors voted to lay off four police officers in a budget-cutting move.

"I really don't know what to say. It's too close to call right now," said Cheplic. "But we gave it a good try.

"For six weeks, I don't think we did too bad. I really appreciate how the people came out and supported me in such a short time."

Supervisor Linda Levandosky was one of the people who worked hard for Cheplic. She said she has mixed emotions at this point.

"We worked so hard. We had a really good committee," said Levandosky.

"I expected George to win. I think he would make an excellent supervisor because he is such a quality individual.

"We might not know for another week or so who won. At least, for now, I'm happy for him to be two votes ahead. But I really expected him to win."

It is not very often that a write-in candidate stands much chance in a general election. However, with the recent controversy over the police layoffs, the township election was no ordinary race.

Political signs for Cheplic were prevalent throughout the township as well as smaller signs proclaiming support for the police.

"That issue was pretty much the main reason I got in the race," said Cheplic. "I'd say that's safe to say."

"Ninety-nine percent of this election was over the police issue," claimed Levandosky.

Levandosky said she was in favor of raising taxes to bring the police back.

Currently the township millage rate is 9 and can go as high as 14. Levandosky said the last tax increase in the township was in 1997.

Parish, who has been a supervisor for 28 years, said he did not want to comment on the election until the results were final.

"I don't know the final results yet," said Parish. "I really didn't know what to expect with the financial condition of the township. I'll make a final comment when the results are in."

Efforts to reach Tkach, who is currently the supervisor chairman, were unsuccessful.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me