Township Races Decided On In Municipal Election
Write-in candidates and their supporters flocked to polling places across Fulton County Tuesday to show their support in a range of local races from township supervisor and tax collector to school board director.
With sizeable signs posted along Ayr Townships’ roadways, a float in the recent McConnellsburg Fireman’s Halloween parade and plenty of advertising, the race between incumbent Thurman E. Nesbitt III, a writein candidate for supervisor, and Russell C. Harmon (R/D) was not only the hottest contested race during the November 5 municipal election but also the closest in number of votes cast.
Unofficial election votes, which will be canvassed by the county Board of Elections this Friday, show that Nesbitt may have prevailed by a mere one vote for supervisor. However, in casting a total of 199 votes in comparison to Harmon’s 198, local residents gave multiple spelling variations for the writein candidate. In fact, a total of 16 different spellings were penned for Nesbitt, which will likely leave him with little other choice but to ask the Board of Elections to verify and compile those spellings as intended for his campaign.
In other township races, Dublin Township resident Tom Taylor appears to be the winner for the Board of Supervisors. Taylor, another write-in candidate, received 89 votes, while Democratic candidate John Mixell took in 52 votes.
Taylor Township saw Patricia Sue Hann (R) take in the majority of votes cast for the position of tax collector. While a newcomer to the political arena, Hann is apparently not new to tax collection as she has been assisting outgoing tax collector Judy Appleby in recent years with her duties. Hann had 127 votes and defeated write-in candidate, Lisa Skiles, who tallied a whopping 111 votes.
Wells Township voters were greeted at the polls Tuesday by all three candidates seeking a four-year term as township supervisor. Kevin Bricker, Carl Duane Souders and Byron Helsel stood side-by-side throughout the day and evening at the polls, handing out campaign materials and shaking hands. Bricker, who had secured the Republican nomination in the spring, came out on top with 79 votes, while Souders and Helsel followed with 26 and 13 votes respectively. Both Souders and Helsel also received a handful of votes for the six-year term of office that was successfully secured by Rocky Souders (D) with 78 votes.
In Union Township, incumbent, write-in candidate Gary Sheeder fell short of re-election. Sheeder finished out the day with 55 votes in comparison to Randy Wills (R), who had 90 votes.
Write-in candidate Margaret “Peggy” Bolinger, even with a variety of spellings, was the apparent winner of the fourth and final slot on the Forbes Road School Board. Bolinger will likely have to have the various spellings compiled under her election campaign by the Board of Elections, but is believed to have accrued approximately 222 votes in Wells, Taylor and Dublin townships. Bolinger is tentatively slated to join incumbents Chanin Rotz-Mountz (366 votes), Kirby Shoemaker (361) and Stacie Lynn Keller (348) at the board’s December 9 reorganization meeting.
In the Central Fulton School District, write-in candidates Gen Ford Harper and Jason Sharpe received the largest number of write-in votes for the fourth seat on the board of directors. Both candidates received votes under a variety of spellings, but it appears Harper prevailed with 112 votes in comparison to Sharpe’s 62 votes. Joining Harper among the top four vote recipients are Julia Elvey Dovey (716 votes), Hollie Garlock (651) and Brent Carlson (624).
All four incumbents seeking re-election on the Southern Fulton School Board will be returning to office. Patrick Bard topped the list of vote recipients with 532 votes, while Mark Mosemann and L. Allen Morton followed with 491 and 479 votes. Timothy Hull finished out the day with 398 votes and was followed by newcomer Scott Hendershot with 274.
Unofficial election results cast in Fulton as well as neighboring Franklin County show that 39th Judicial District candidate Jeremiah Zook (R) is the apparent winner for the Court of Common Pleas. Zook, an assistant Franklin County district attorney, received 1,458 votes. Challenger and private practice attorney Jeffrey S. Evans finished with 684 votes here.
Other elected positions in Fulton County were recorded as follows: Patty Suders Fix, county prothonotary (2,050 votes) Eric B. Barnhart, SFSB, twoyear term (622) Julie A. Shearer, Ayr Twp. tax collector (396) Amber D. Souders, Ayr Twp. auditor (341) Joy Dasher, Ayr Twp. judge of elections (283) Kimbra Tweedy, Ayr Twp. inspector of elections (264) Thomas K. Morton, Belfast Twp. supervisor (173) G. Jean Morton, Belfast Twp. tax collector (191) LuAnne Keebaugh, Belfast Twp. auditor (180) Carol F. Richards, Belfast Twp. judge of elections (192) Vivian K. Bernhard, Belfast Twp. inspector of elections (106) Mark B. Remsburg, Bethel Twp. supervisor (105) Debra Palmer, Bethel Twp. tax collector (122) Bethany Golden, Bethel Twp. judge of elections (114) Ruthann Golden, Bethel Twp. inspector of elections (83) Donna J. Lynch, Bethel Twp. inspector of elections (38) Robert T. Layton, Brush Creek Twp. supervisor (118) M. Wildena Truax, Brush Creek Twp. tax collector (118) Stephen Deneen, Brush Creek Twp. auditor (118) Maxine Barton, Brush Creek Twp. judge of elections (118) Jay Barton, Brush Creek Twp. inspector of elections (89) Carol D. Smith, Brush Creek Twp. inspector of elections (32) Tonya “Tawnie” House, Dublin Twp. tax collector (170) Cindy Knepper, Dublin Twp. judge of elections (143) Frances Hoover, Dublin Twp. inspector of elections (146) Gloria Drenning, Dublin Twp. inspector of elections (36) A. Donald Swope, Licking Creek Twp. supervisor (167) A. Donald Swope, Licking Creek Twp. supervisor (167) Becky Mellott Peck, Licking Creek Twp. Tax collector (160) Peggy L. Wagner, Licking Creek Twp. auditor (196) Bob Wright, Licking Creek Twp. constable (145) Sandra Lynch, Licking Creek Twp. judge of elections (162) Betty L. Ramsey, Licking Creek Twp. inspector of elections (126) Alice L. Mellott Gordon, Licking Creek Twp. inspector of elections (73) Michael Chilcote Sr., Mc- Connellsburg Borough mayor (94) James H. Smith, Mc- Connellsburg Borough Council (92) Patsy Frazier, McConnellsburg Borough Council (71) Joann D. Chilcote, Mc- Connellsburg Borough tax collector (105) Beulah F. Paylor, Mc- Connellsburg Borough auditor (100) Wilda Charlene Gordon, McConnellsburg Borough judge of elections (103) Linda Carr, McConnellsburg Borough inspector of elections (67) Kathleen A. Lake, Mc- Connellsburg Borough inspector of elections (65) Richard Doney, Taylor Twp. supervisor (205) David Gourley, Taylor Twp. judge of elections (146) Vera M. Brown, Taylor Twp. inspector of elections (166) Jeanette Dumer, Taylor Twp. inspector of elections (69) Thomas S. Mellott, Thompson Twp. supervisor (107) Dianna Kincaid, Thompson Twp. tax collector (115) Tamera Dawn Hixon, Thompson Twp. auditor (102) Corrie Gearhart, Thompson Twp. inspector of elections (55) Nancy E. Younker, Thompson Twp. inspector of elections (71) Mark S. Washabaugh, Todd Twp. supervisor (175) Janet A. Mellott, Todd Twp. tax collector (191) Jane L. Lininger, Todd Twp. six-year auditor (152) Shari M. Washabaugh, Todd Twp. four-year auditor (168) Debra K. Dick, Todd Twp. judge of elections (137) Peg Kerlin, Todd Twp. inspector of elections (154) Kaylie Oakman, Union Twp. tax collector (137) Suzanne Mann, Union Twp. inspector of elections (68) Pamela Bageant, Union Twp. inspector of elections (66) Wanda J. Johnson, Wells Twp. six-year auditor (117) Cathy L. Souders, Wells Twp. four-year auditor (94) Ronda J. Barnett, Wells Twp. inspector of elections (118)
All elections results are unofficial until canvassed by the Fulton County Board of Elections.