EVANS CITY — While three incumbents will return to their seats on borough council, a newcomer to municipal government garnered the most votes here.
Seven candidates vied for four seats on the council here, including incumbent Republicans John McKinney, Karl Kennedy and Paul Foster. But Republican David Spithaler, the top vote-getter, earned 190 votes, which beat Kennedy, his closest challenger, by 27 votes.
McKinney earned 155 votes, while Foster received 141.
All three incumbents will return to the council.
Democrat Richard Reifenstein did not make the cut with 96 votes, or just 9.5 percent of the total votes. Dennis Eckstein had the least votes among the seven candidates, at 65. That represented just 6 percent of the total votes.
Incumbent Ed Tanski waged a write-in campaign, and 95 write-in votes were tallied in Evans City. It was not known on Tuesday night what names were submitted for those votes.
As the top vote-getter, Spithaler was appreciative of the support on Tuesday night.
“I feel honored,” he said. “I think it says the voters have faith in me, and I’ll do my best to serve them.”
The 70-year Evans City resident has not run for office before, and he looks forward to serving his hometown.
“Evans City has been good to me, and it’s time to give a little bit back to the community,” Spithaler said.
While he does not have an agenda for action once he takes his seat on council, Spithaler said he would like to see the town’s appearance upgraded in the coming years.
“I’m here to serve the community and the people,” Spithaler said.
Kennedy said the borough has seen some rough financial times in recent years. He said the borough a few years ago had no savings and was struggling with costs, but he looks forward to enjoying the improved financial situation in the borough now.
“With these six new gas wells, we might have some money to do infrastructure work and have a little savings account,” Kennedy said on Tuesday night. “I want to be there for the good times, too.”
Kennedy said his focus has always been to cut taxes and hold the line on costs to benefit the residents.
“I’ve been here for 74 years, and I want to represent all the people of Evans City, not just the special interest groups,” Kennedy said.
He said the voters must like what he has stood for on the council.
“I’m happy to be part of the group again, and I’ll do my best for the people,” he said.
Only 293 of Evans City’s 1,138 voters turned out to cast their ballots on Tuesday night. The council has seven members, who serve six-year terms.