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Voters select local school board candidates

by on May 19, 2017 7:50 AM

Four seats are up for grabs on the State College Area school board, and the same four candidates were the top vote-getters on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 16 primary.

Lori Bedell received 26.32 percent of voted from Democrats (4,305 votes), followed by incumbents David K. Hutchinson with 21.82 percent (3,569) and Jim Leous with 20.67 percent (3,381), and Scott Fozard with 11.9 percent (1,946). Fozard edged out Arnold Tilden, who had 11.46 percent (1,874).

Hutchinson was the top vote-getter among Republicans with 21.4 percent (2,004). Bedell came in with 19.17 percent (1,795), Fozard with 18.28 percent (1,712) and Leous with 16.42 percent (1,538).

Only three people ran for the four open seats at Bellefonte School District: incumbents Rodney E. Musser and Jon Guizar, and Kristen Bruckner.

Bruckner was the top choice for Democrats with 35.98 percent (1,098), followed by Musser with 31.85 percent (972) and Guizar at 26.11 percent (797). There were 185 write-in votes. Musser took the largest share of Republican votes with 36.18 percent (1,472), followed by Bruckner with 32.61 percent (1,327) and Guizar with 26.98 percent (1,098).

The only contested race for a seat on the Bald Eagle Area School board is in Region 2, where one seat is open. Molly Pomery-Hoover took the Democratic nomination with 47.83 percent (154). Mark S. Kresovich won the Republican nod with 49.83 percent (292).

Three candidates vied for the two at-large Penns Valley School District seats, the only contested race in the district. Holly Hawkins was first among Democrats with 41.13 percent (533), followed by Chris Houser with 35.11 percent (455) and Henry “Hank” Yeagley 22.69 percent (294). Republicans favored Houser with 39.03 percent (630), followed by Hawkins with 36.37 percent (587) and Yeagley with 23.85 percent (385).


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