In two school board races, one will be 'odd man out'
Two local school board races will end Tuesday with one candidate as the odd person out. In both Shamokin Area and Mount Carmel Area, five candidates are on the ballot, with four to be elected.
Here's a synopsis of all area races:
The drawing of lots was needed to help finalize the slate of Republican nominees, which determined Diane Serafin was the winner over Matthew Reed Losiewicz. When the Republican primary votes were counted, the two ended in a tie for fourth place.
Losiewicz won nomination on the Democratic side, so he remains in the race.
The two join incumbent Edward M. Griffiths and newcomers Rosalie Smoogen and Richard A. Kashnoski. The three earned both Republican and Democratic nominations.
Mount Carmel Area
Board President Donna James and two challengers, Joseph E. Zanella and Tony Mazzatesta, placed themselves in a strong position for election, winning double nominations in the primary in the race for four seats on the Mount Carmel Area School Board.
Also on the ballot are William J. Brecker Jr., Democratic nominee, and incumbent Dr. Raymond J. Kraynak, Republican nominee.
May's primary offered voters the chance to pick not only the board members who would represent their regions, but also three at-large seats.
Joseph Klebon, the former guidance director and head basketball coach at Shamokin Area, won nominations from both parties for one of the two at-large seats for a four-year term, while two incumbents, Republican Charles Porter and Democrat and board president Michael Yeager, earned the other nominations.
Matt Repasky, director of elections for Columbia County, reported Friday that Porter has since removed his name from the ballot for an at-large seat, leaving Klebon and Yeager as the two candidates for two seats.
Incumbent Gail Zambor Scheurch won both parties' nomination for an at-large two-year-term seat.
In the region races, Klebon defeated Yeager on both the Democratic and Republican side in Region 1, which represents Ralpho Township.
Region 2, which consists of Catawissa Borough and Catawissa Township, saw incumbent Charlene Cove win a Democrat nomination for the four-year seat; she is running unopposed in Tuesday's election. No candidates on either side filed for the two-year seat to represent the region.
Porter earned both nominations in Region 3, defeating Zambor Schuerch in the primary to represent the voters of Cleveland, Franklin, Locust and Roaring Creek townships.
Any candidate who wins more than one seat must choose one. The board will then appoint someone to fill the other vacant seat. All total, seven seats are up for grabs on the Southern Columbia School Board, joining John Yocum and Tim Vought on the board, whose seats were not up for election this year.
Here is a breakdown of the Southern board races: At-large four year (vote for two), Joseph Klebon (Rep./Dem.), Michael Yeager (Dem.); at-large two year (Vote for one), Gail Zambor Scheurch (Rep./Dem.); Region 1, four-year seat (vote for one) Joseph Klebon (Rep./Dem.); Region 2, four-year seat (vote for one) Charlene Cove (Rep./Dem.), no candidates for two-year seat; Region 3, four-year seat (vote for one) Charles Porter (Rep./Dem.).
School board races in the Line Mountain School District were decided in May as three of the four incumbents, Ronald H. Neidig and Lawrence I. Neidig in Region 2 and Daniel Zablosky in Region 3, ran unopposed in their races.
The only contested race was in Region 1, where incumbent Dennis Erdman defeated challenger Jan Stutts for the Democratic nomination. Erdman was unopposed in the Republican primary, leaving all four incumbents still in office.