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Incumbents Fare Well in Township Races

by on May 17, 2017 10:31 AM

Voters in Centre Region townships decided in Tuesday's primary on the nominees who will appear on the ballot for local government seats.

Ferguson Township

The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisor's two at-large seats are up for election this year, along with a two-year interim term for the ward 3 seat

For the at-large positions, on the Democratic side incumbent and current board chair Steve Miller garnered 1,022 with WBUS-FM program director Tony Tom Ricciardi picking up 928. Incumbent Janet Whitaker ran unopposed on the Republican ticket and got 843 votes. All three will be on the ballot in November trying to win one of the two at-large seats.

In the Ward 3 race, Sara Carlson moves on to November after picking up 171 votes to former supervisor Mike Radis' 96. No candidate ran on the Republican Ballot.

Harris Township

Two positions on the Harris Township Board of Supervisors are up for election this year, and each party ticket had two candidates running who will be on the ballot again in November.

Longtime supervisor Nigel Wilson won 374 votes, just ahead of AccuWeather vice president Richard Frank's 351 on the Democratic ballot.

Incumbent Charles "Bud" Graham got 442 votes on the Republican side, with first-time candidate Matthew Auman picking up 332.

Patton Township

Three Patton Township supervisor positions are up for election this year — one a full six-year term and the other a four-year interim term.

In the Democratic primary for the six-year term, three candidates competed for two nominations. Psychologist Jessica Buckland got 823 votes and Dan Trevino, who was appointed to the board last year to fill an unexpired term, got 665 to win spots on the November ballot. Tax attorney William Burnett finished third.

For the four-year term, Betsy Whitman was the only Democrat on the ballot, getting 944 votes.

On the Republican side, consultant Mark Parfitt ran unopposed for both the six-year and four-year terms.

College Township

Two incumbents are running for two seats up for election this year on College Township council and are likely assured another term come November.

Democrat L. Eric Bernier, who was first appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2013 and elected to a full four-year term that began in 2014, got 671 votes in the primary.

Republican Anthony Fragola, who was appointed in May 2016 to fill an unexpired term, got 467 votes.

Halfmoon Township

Democrat Bob Strouse was the only candidate running on either ticket for two positions on the Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors, getting 157 votes in the primary.

Write-in votes have not yet been tallied.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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