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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Write-in candidates take seats

  • The ballots are in and the write-in votes have been counted for elected seats throughout the county.
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  • The ballots are in and the write-in votes have been counted for elected seats throughout the county. At this time the results of the write-ins are unofficial due to having to contact the winners and seeing if there are any objections to the elected positions. After all write-in winners have been confirmed, the results will be final. The Pennsylvania Department of State website, states that by 5 p.m. today the Secretary of the Commonwealth must issue an order for a recount recanvas “if it is determined, based on the unofficial returns submitted by the county boards of elections, that a statewide candidate or ballot question that appeared on the ballot in every election district throughout the Commonwealth was defeated by a margin of ½ of 1 percent or less.” It also said that Nov. 20 is the last day a recount or recanvas submitted by the Secretary of the Commonwealth can begin. On Nov. 22 candidates receiving tie votes at the election “can cast lots at noon before the Secretary of the Commonwealth” or the county boards of elections. Nov. 25 is the last day to file petitions to “contest the election of any candidate.” That is also the last day the county boards of elections can file returns with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. By noon on Nov. 26 any recount or recanvas ordered by the Secretary of the Commonwealth “must be completed.” “There were a lot of write-ins for the county,” said Cindy Furman, director for the Wayne County Bureau of Elections. “We take them seriously and record them as best as possible.” She said that they now have to determine that the write-in candidates actually exist and if they are eligible for the position. An example would be if someone wrote a candidate's name in for a township that person isn't part of, they won't be eligible for that position. One of the biggest talked about races in Wayne County was that of Honesdale Borough Council. Unofficial results of the write-in tallies indicate that councilman Harry DeVrieze will no longer hold a seat on the council come January. There were 34 write-ins for the four year council term and 15 for the two year term. For the four year term of Honesdale Borough Council, Bob Jennings received 260 votes, Bill Canfield received 245 votes, Tiffany Kominski received 158 votes, Carolyn Lorent received 157 and DeVrieze received 155 votes. Juanita Pisano had 160 votes for the two year term. The following is a list, by township, with the number of write-ins and if a write-in won a position: Berlin Township • Wayne Highlands School Board (Region 3): Five write-ins • Auditor (6 years): 13 write-ins. Linda Kelly had 3 votes and the rest had one. • Auditor (2 years): 17 write-ins. Linda Kelly had 2 votes and the rest had one. • Tax Collector: One • #1 Judge of Elections: One • #1 Inspector of Elections: One • #2 Judge of Elections: Four write-ins. Teresa Murray had 8 votes and the rest had one. Bethany Borough • Inspector of Elections: Four write-ins. Margaret Hook had 4 votes and the rest had one. Buckingham Township • Auditor: Seven write-ins. Patricia Kellam had 3 votes and the rest had one. • Supervisor (6 years): Four • Supervisor (4 years): Four • Tax Collector: One • Judge of Elections: Two Canaan Township • Western Wayne School Board (Region 1): One • Auditor: Two • Supervisor: Five • Tax Collector: One • Judge of Elections: One • Inspector of Elections: Two Cherry Ridge Township • Wayne Highlands School Board (Region 3): One • Auditor (4 years): Four write-ins. David Sporer had 5 votes and the rest had one. Clinton Township • Forest City Regional School Board (Clinton #2, Region 1): One • Auditor (6 years): Eight write-ins. Robert Wirts had 5 votes and the rest had one. • Auditor (4 years): Seven write-ins. Robert Wirts had 3 votes and the rest had one. • Auditor (2 years): Four • Supervisor: One • Tax Collector: One • #2 Judge of Elections: Six write-ins. Kerry Hendersen had 10 votes and the rest had one. • #2 Inspector of Elections: Two Damascus Township • Wayne Highlands School Board (Region 1): Six • Auditor: 16 write-ins. Jule Diehl had 7 votes, Faye Rossi had 4 votes and Elice Rybak had 2 votes. • Supervisor: Four • Tax Collector: Two • #1 Inspector of Elections: Two • #2 Judge of Elections: Five write-ins. Mary Gries had 8 votes and Alberta Swendsen and Bonnie Shead had two each. Dreher Township • Wallenpaupack Area School Board (Region at large): One • Auditor (6 years): Six write-ins. Amy Jones had 19, Teresa Duggar had 3 and Amy Dickenson had 2 votes. • Auditor (4 years): Two • Supervisor: Nine • Tax Collector: Three Dyberry Township • Supervisor: Four • Inspector of Elections: Two Hawley Borough • Council (4 years): Five • Council (2 years): Three • Mayor: Two • Tax Collector: Three • Judge of Elections: Seven write-ins. William Wyckoff had 13, Lisa Schuerman had 3 and TammySutter had 2 votes. • Inspector of Elections: Eight write-ins. Lisa Schuerman had 17 votes and William Wyckoff, Lisa Shuman and Tammy Sodder each had two votes. Honesdale Borough • Mayor: 17 • Tax Collector: Six • #1 Judge of Elections: Eight write-ins. Debra O'Neill had 6 votes and Sara Canfield and J. Meagher had two each. • #1 Inspector of Elections: Six • #2 Judge of Elections: Four • #2 Inspector of Electioins: One Lake Township • Western Wayne School Board (Region 2): Nine • Auditor: Six • Supervisor (6 years): Three • Supervisor (4 years): Two • Tax Collector: Four • Judge of Elections: Four Lebanon Township • Auditor (6 years): Three write-ins. Karen Hiller had 6 votes and the rest had one. • Auditor (4 years): Two write-ins. Mary Everts had 6 votes and the rest had one. • Judge of Elections: One • Inspector of Elections: One Lehigh Township • North Pocono School Board (Region 3): Five • Auditor: Three • Judge of Elections: Two • Inspector of Elections: Six Manchester Township • Auditor: Six write-ins. Dale Teeple had 23, Mary Roloson had 5 and Barb Newport had 2 votes. • Supervisor: One • Tax Collector: One • Inspector of Elections: Three Mount Pleasant Township • Auditor: Nine write-ins. Michael McCormack had 25, Charles Schaefer had 24 and Peter Arnold had 6 votes. • Tax Collector: 2 • Judge of Elections: Three • Inspector of Elections: One Oregon Township • Wayne Highlands School Board (Region 3): One • Tax Collector: One • Judge of Elections: Six write-ins. Jo Avery had 7 votes, Bonnie LaTourette had 2 and the rest had one. Palmyra Township • Wallenpaupack Area School Board (Region at large): One • Supervisor: Three • Judge of Elections: Two write-ins. Linda Wloch had 2 votes and the rest had one. Paupack Township • Wallenpaupack Area School Board (Region at large): One • Auditor: One • Supervisor: Six • Judge of Elections: Four • Inspector of Elections: One Preston Township • Wayne Highlands School Board (Region 1): Two • Auditor: Eight write-ins. Tom Sampson and Pam McDonald had 3 votes each and the rest had one. • Supervisor: One • Tax Collector: One Salem Township • Western Wayne School Board (Region 3): 10 • Auditor: One • Supervisor: Four • Tax Collector: Two • Judge of Elections: Four • Inspector of Elections: Two Scott Township • Tax Collector: One • Judge of Elections: One • Inspector of Elections: One South Canaan Township • Western Wayne School Board (Region 2): Four • Auditor: One • Supervisor: Two • Tax Collector: One • Inspector of Elections: One Starrucca Borough • Council (4 years): Six write-ins. One ran and it was vote for three. Gale Redder and Kristin Palmer had 3 votes each. • Council (2 years): Three write-ins. Jack Dounter had 2 votes and the rest had one. • Tax Collector: One • Judge of Elections: One • Inspector of Elections: One Sterling Township • Western Wayne School Board (Region 3): One • Supervisor: Two • Tax Collector: One • Judge of Elections: Three write-ins. Barb Amorine had 4, June Phillips had 2 and Matt Holevinski had one vote. • Inspector of Elections: One Texas Township • Wayne Highlands School Board (Region 3): One • Auditor (6 years): Two • Auditor (4 years): Three • Supervisor (6 year): Two • Supervisor (2 years): Two • Tax Collector: One • #2 Judge of Elections: One • #2 Inspector of Elections: One Waymart Borough • Western Wayne School Board (Region 1): One • Auditor (6 years): Five write-ins. Terri Garringer had 2 votes and the rest had one. • Auditor (4 years): Five write-ins. Theresa Stratton had 2 votes and the rest had one. • Auditor (2 years): Three write-ins. Each had one vote. • Council (4 years): Seven • Council (2 years): Three write-ins. It was announced at Tuesday night's meeting of the Waymart Borough Council that Charlene Schermerhorn will be taking the council seat come January, with A.J. Gaudenzi taking a seat on the Western Wayne School Board. • Mayor: Eight • Tax Collector: One
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