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Municipal candidates advance to November ballot

The following is a round up of unofficial results from the 2023 primary election. Winners will run in the Nov. 7 General Election:

Adams Township

Incumbent Ronald Shemela and newcomer David Goodworth have won the Republican party’s nomination for two open six-year terms for Adams Township supervisor.

Shemela and Goodworth were challenged by newcomer Bridget K. Miller.

Of the total 2,112 votes in the township, Shemela won 798, Goodworth won 800, and Miller came in at 491.

No Democratic candidates ran for the seats.

Brady Township

The nomination for the open supervisor’s seat in Brady Township for the Republican party was won by Rick Hutchison with 64 votes, who took the seat from current Supervisor Darlene J. Covert, who received 52 votes.

The close race showed Hutchison received 49% of the votes compared to Covert’s 40%.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Center Township

The Republican party’s nomination for two seats on the Center Township board of supervisors were won by incumbents Phil Wulff and Ed Latuska, who faced former supervisor Ron Flatt, and Nick Angiolieri, who is on the township’s planning commission.

Wulff received a combined 626 votes with Latuska close behind at 521. Flatt received 387 total votes and Angiolieri received 299.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Clay Township

Republican candidates Greg Tebay and Joseph D. Malinski fought for one open seat on the Clay Township supervisor’s board, and Tebay won the party’s nomination.

Tebay received 260 votes compared to Malinski’s 95, showing Tebay won 73% of the votes.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Connoquenessing Township

In the race for Connoquenessing Township, Republican Angela Fleeger received 434 votes or 64.30% of the vote for the party’s nomination, besting the incumbent candidate, Republican Terry Steinheiser, who received 239 votes or 35.41% in the primary election.

No Democratic candidates filed to run in the municipality.

Donegal Township

The race for a six-year term on Donegal Township’s board for the Republican nomination was a close one, ultimately won by Ryan Ritzert, with 140 votes. Jim Spohn received 122 votes.

Franklin Township

Three candidates sought the Republican party’s nomination for a six-year term as supervisor. Business owners Joe Schubert and Mark Thomas were up against incumbent Robert Thompson.

Schubert won the nomination with 185 votes, 42%, cast in his favor. Thomas received 144 votes, and Thompson received 108 votes.

Forward Township

Newcomer Susan Oliver-Stough has won the Republican nomination for an open six-year term as Forward Township supervisor.

Oliver-Stough was challenged by incumbent Mel Musulin and newcomer Joseph E. Scherer.

Of the total 429 votes in the township, Oliver-Stough won 259, Musulin came in at 86 and Scherer at 84.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Jefferson Township

Braden A. Beblo, who owns a farm in Jefferson Township, won the Republican nomination during the primary ballot against Bill Broman.

Beblo walked away with 460 votes, 64% of the total. Broman received 245 votes.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Lancaster Township

Richard Marcotte has won the Republican nomination for an open six-year term for Lancaster Township supervisor.

Marcotte was challenged by fellow newcomer Kirk Farra after board vice chairman Joe Plesniak chose not to run for another term.

Of the total 332 votes in the township, Marcotte won 205 with Farra coming in at 122.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Middlesex Township

Incumbent David Brash has won the Republican nomination for another six-year term as Middlesex Township supervisor.

Brash was challenged by former supervisor David J. McMaster for the seat.

Of the total 734 votes in the township, Brash won 404 with McMaster coming in at 326.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Prospect Borough

The Republican nominations for Prospect’s three council members were captured by Sam Wagner, Timothy Edward Lutz and Eric Hilliard.

Wagner received 104 votes. Hilliard won 88, and Lutz was close behind at 81.

William P. Katz Jr.’s 76 votes did not win him a place on the ballot.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

Seven Fields

Incumbents Morgan Hardesty and Dawn Servello have won the Republican nomination for two four-year terms on the Seven Fields Borough Council.

They were challenged by newcomer Louis Borghi for the seats.

Of the total 360 votes in the borough, Hardesty won 124, Servello won 146 and Borghi came in at 82.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

While a two-year seat also is open on the council, no candidates were on the primary ballot. The seat ultimately will be appointed by council.

Slippery Rock Borough

Five Republicans were on the primary ballot for a four-year term on Slippery Rock borough council: current council members Ron Steele, John K. Hicks, Lauren A. Christmann and Denton Zeronas and newcomer Jennifer Ravert.

Hicks, Christmann and Steele succeeded in claiming the party nominations with Ravert joining their ranks on the ballot in November for the four seats.

Ravert received 100 votes, followed by Hicks with 96, Christmann with 94, and Steele with 79.

Hicks also ran for the nomination for a two-year term seat and received 84 votes. His challenger, Zeronas, received 39. There is only one available two-year seat in the November election.

The Republican nominees compete against uncontested Democratic competitors in November for four available seats.

Summit Township

A lifelong resident of the township, Chester “Chad” Spohn III, lost the Republican nomination for supervisor to current supervisor Willie Adams in Summit’s race.

Adams, current board chairman, received 279 votes, or 62%, securing his seat on the board. Spohn received 159 votes, or 36%.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.


Incumbent Mary Hess and newcomers Daniel Fritch and Stephen Schoppe have won the Repubican nomination for three four-year terms on Zelienople council.

They bested Mary Kaye Soriano for the seat after former council members Marietta Reeb and Ralph Geis chose not to run for another term.

Of the total 1,026 votes in the borough, Hess won 240, Fritch won 314 and Schoppe won 283, with Kaye Soriano coming in at 178.

No Democratic candidates ran for seats.

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