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Nine candidates to seek five seats on Mars School Board

'Dirty politics' alleged

May 22, 2019 News Extra

ADAMS TWP — A crowded field for seats on the Mars School Board will stay so after Tuesday's primary election, with nine of the 10 candidates filed moving on.

Tuesday's election also came with other drama as five candidates who cross-filed as Democrats said they were the subject of “dirty politics” leading up to and on election day.

Unofficial results Tuesday night showed incumbent John Kennedy as the lead vote-getter on the Republican ballot with 1,725. He was followed by Sallie Wick, 1,578; Kevin Hagen, 1,551; Anthony DePretis, 1,544; and Megan Lenz, 1,481. As the top five, they move on to the general election

Lenz received 1,053 votes on a Democratic ballot that featured five candidates, who all move on to the general election. They include Jill Roda, John Neurohr, Bill Sommers and Jill Ceasar.

Only Tricia Holland, who finished sixth on the Republican ballot, will not move on. She earned 1,471 votes.

Read the full article in the Butler Eagle.

J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.