Republican Bruce Hezlep, the current Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company president, will be a new face on the board of supervisors in January as he defeated his Democratic challenger Michael Warrington.
Hezlep received 1,554 or 75 percent of the votes cast compared to the 481 votes or 23 percent cast for Warrington. There were 14 write-in votes.
The six-year seat was an open race as supervisor David Root had decided not to run for reelection.
Hezlep said the first thing he's doing is signing up for the first round of Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors class for newly elected officials that will be held on Nov. 23.
“I'm going to work to get acclimated to becoming a supervisor,” said Hezlep, who eagerly awaits for his committee assignments in January when he takes office.
Hezlep added he's also hoping to sit down with his Democratic challenger Warrington to see what he would like to see get done in the township and if there is any common ground that he can work to get accomplished.
As a result of the election, Hezlep will be resigning as president of the fire company. Its bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on its board of directors.
Longtime incumbent supervisor Dennis Kerr easily won re-election to another six-year term on the township’s board of supervisors Tuesday night.
Kerr won 282 votes, or 68 percent of all votes cast. He bested Democratic opponent John Meyer, who garnered 134 votes, or 31 percent of the vote.
There were 435 votes cast during the election, which represents 24 percent of all registered voters in the township, according to unofficial county results.