Empty Ballots?

The deadline to file petitions to appear on the primary ballot in May has come and gone.

There are a number of positions open in Warren County and its townships,and boroughs.

The number of filers for open seats is a mixed bag with some races featuring more filers than seats, some open positions having only one applicant – sometimes the incumbent and some not – and others having too few applicants or none at all.

Warren County Prothonotary Sue Kosinski was the only filer for her position. Likewise, Coroner Jerry Borden filed to run for coroner.

For the position of district attorney, incumbent Ross McKeirnan will face Rob Greene and Bernard T. Hessley, all Republicans, in the primary.

In Tidioute, two applicants filed for a total of five seats. Henry Brown and Ella Johnson filed for four-year terms. No one filed for the other two four-year seats nor for the single two-year opening. Mayor Pam McLaughlin will face a primary challenge from Robert T. Williams Sr.

Sugar Grove Borough has five seats open – four of them for full four-year terms – and only two filers. Incumbents Kevin McIntyre and Kevin Nicklas filed to keep their seats.

Carl “Dutch” Strand did not file to retain his position as Sugar Grove Borough mayor, but two current council members – Peter Allenson (R) and Gregory Wilson (D) – did. To assume the post, the winner would have to resign his seat on council, Director of Elections Lisa Zuck said.

Bear Lake Borough has four four-year seats open. There were no nominating petitions filed for those posts.

In Clarendon Borough, Paul Pascuzzi filed to retain his seat. No one else filed and there is another seat open.

There is a race for Youngsville Borough Council – there are six applicants for four four-year seats.

Incumbents Eric Mineweaser (R), Doug Peterson (D), Robert Olson (R), and Pam Olewine (R) each filed to retain their seats. Collette Nelson (D) and John Pollow (R) also threw their hats in the ring.

There will also be a referendum question on the Youngsville ballots. The question will ask voters if they would like to change the residency requirement for the borough manager from the current – within five miles of the borough – to anywhere in the county.

All townships have one opening and all county tax collector, inspector of elections, and judge of elections positions are up.

In Sheffield Township, there are three filers for one position. Incumbent Tom Bulicz (D) does not have an opponent for the primary, but Republicans Adam Hennessy and H. Richard Hanson will square off on the other primary card.

Sugar Grove Township has two applicants for one position, but they will not square off in the primary. Mark Baran (D) and Kenneth Kenworthy (R) will vie for Randy Brown’s seat.

Glade Township supervisor David Sedon will face Timothy Hagberg in the Republican primary. The same situation will play out in Conewango Township between supervisor Chuck Barone and Vincent Duckett.

Supervisor David Goodwill in Columbus Township will likely face Paul Pirrozzola, but not until November.

Supervisor David Krack will face Richard Lauger in the Brokenstraw Township Republican primary. While there were two filers for that six-year term, there were no applicants for a vacant supervisor seat, up for election for four years.

The last day for an applicant to withdraw his or her petition is March 27.

Absentee ballot applications are available and must be returned to Zuck by May 14.

The last day to register to vote or to change address or some other portion of a registration is April 22.

Zuck will host the casting of lots to determine the order in which candidates appear on the ballots at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19.