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Two Challengers, Two Incumbents Win Democratic Nods for State College Borough Council

by on May 22, 2019 1:19 AM

A first-time candidate for State College Borough Council was the apparent leading Democratic vote-getter in Tuesday's primary election. 

Deanna Behring, an assistant dean in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, led the field of seven candidates seeking four Democratic nominations, securing 1,617 votes.

Incumbents Jesse Barlow and Janet Engeman both pulled in 1,306 votes and former borough manager Peter Marshall had 1,118 to round out the Democratic candidates moving on to the November election.

Among the three candidates left on the outside looking in was incumbent David Brown, who had 995 votes. Penn State students Tom Dougherty and Jackson Fitzgerald also came up short.

Vote totals are unofficial until certified.

That doesn't necessarily mean their hopes are dashed for November. Former state Rep. Lynn Herman ran unopposed on the Republican ballot to win a nomination with 498 votes. But with the ability to vote for four candidates in the primary, write-ins (there were 116) and absentee ballots could potentially still snag a Republican nomination for one of the Democratic candidates.

Elsewhere in the Centre Region, Charles Beck and David Piper tallied 154 and 148 votes, respectively, to lead a five candidate field seeking two nominations for Halfmoon Township supervisor. Mark Stevenson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Democrat Frank Keshvari was the only candidate on either ballot for the four-year interim supervisor position.

In College Township, Republican incumbents Richard Francke and Steven Lyncha were the only candidates on either ballot with three council seats up for election. The Democratic ballot had 300 write-in votes and the Republican side had 138.

For Ferguson Township, Democratic incumbent Laura Dinnini was unopposed in Ward 1 and will face Republican Ralph Wheland, also unopposed, in the fall. In Ward 2, Democrat Prasenjit Mitra will face Republican Janet Whitaker after both were uncontested in primaries for the open seat. It's the same situation in Ward 3, where Democrat Patty Stephens will run against Republican Jeremie Thompson in the general.

Patton Township will see longtime incumbent Elliot Abrams and fellow Democrat Aaron Miller both move on to the November election for supervisor, with no Republican running in the primary.

In Harris Township, Democratic incumbent supervisor Bruce Lord was uncontested in the primary, and no Republican ran.



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