Few races on this ballot
For most Warren County voters, the upcoming primary election ballot will look more like a series of solitary jogs than races.
While there are a few true primary races, most candidates will not face a primary challenge.
At the county level, Ross McKeirnan, Rob Greene and Bernard T. Hessley are vying to appear as the Republican candidate for district attorney during the general election on Nov. 5.
In the City of Warren, Republican Maurice Cashman is running unopposed for mayor. James Zavinski Sr. and John Lewis, both Republicans, are the only candidates on the ballot; there are four city council seats open.
In cases where there are multiple openings, such as for four-year city council seats, voters will be able to vote for as many candidates as there are openings.
Two Democrats, Marilyn Schoder and Patricia Slattery, are vying for the chance to face unopposed Republican candidate Lisa Ledebur for Warren-East election inspector.
There are four open seats for the Warren County School District’s board of directors but only three candidates.
In Region I, Paul J. Mangione is the only candidate running for two open seats. Region I is the City of Warren plus Elk and Glade townships.
John “Jack” Werner is running unopposed for a Region II seat. Region II is Clarendon and Tidioute boroughs plus Cherry Grove, Conewango, Deerfield, Elred, Limestone, Mead, Pleasant, Sheffield, Triumph and Watson townships.
Thomas Knapp is running unopposed for a Region III seat. Region III is Bear Lake, Sugar Grove and Youngsville boroughs plus Brokenstraw, Farmington, Freehold, Pine Grove, Pittsfield and Sugar Grove townships.
All three school board candidates are running on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.
The Corry Area School District has four open seats. Two current members are running again; Joseph A. Frisina and Deborah A. Wood. Two others are running, Amy Allen and Donna Magoun. All four candidates are running on both tickets.
Pam McLaughlin and Robert Williams, both Republicans, are running for mayor in Tidioute. Meanwhile, Republicans Henry Brown and Ella Johnson are running for borough council in a race with five open seats four four-year and one two-year.
In Youngsville, four four-year borough council seats are open. Republicans Robert Olson, John Pollow, Eric Mineweaser and Pamela Olewine are vying for the seats in the primary while Democrats Douglas Peterson and Collette Nelson are also running. Because the number of candidates is equal to, or less, than the number of open seats, all candidates will advance to the general election.
In Glade Township, two Republicans, David Sedon and Timothy Hagberg, are facing off to fill a township supervisor position and Republicans Cathy Vavala and Karen Rodgers are vying for the tax collector position.
In Sheffield Township, Republicans H. Richard Hanson and Adam Hennessy are running for the chance to face incumbent Democrat Thomas Bulicz in the fall.
Columbus, Conewango, Limestone, Southwest and Watson townships all have races for election inspector. In Columbus, Republicans Wanita Bensink and Iola Bennink are running; in Conewango, Robin Seelinger, James English and Beth Wiltsie are all running on the Republican ticket for Area 2; Republicans Kathy Matie and Patricia Walters are running in Limestone; Republicans Barbara Downey and Anne Logan will face each other in Southwest and Democrats Melissa Burris and Robert Koszewski will face off in Watson.
There are also a number of candidates from both major parties running unopposed in the primary, some of whom will face races in November.
The possibility of a write-in primary election winner also exists.
If no, or too few, candidates appear on a primary ballot for a position up for election, a voter can write-in a candidate’s name. If the individual garners enough votes, he or she will appear on the ballot in November.
“If there’s nobody on your ballot, you can write-in,” Warren County Director of Election Lisa Zuck said on Monday. “If there’s nobody on your ballot and you want to write-in someone, even from the other party, that’s perfectly acceptable.”
For positions with no candidates, the same number of write-in votes is required to appear on the November ballot as would have been required for a petition to appear on the primary ballot.
For prothonotary, district attorney and coroner, 100 write-in votes are required to appear on the general election ballot. For City of Warren mayor and city council seats, 100 write-in votes are required as well.
All other positions, including school board of director seats, only 10 write-in votes are required to appear on the November ballot.