Absentee ballots change winner

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Hollidaysburg Borough Council President John Stultz Jr. held onto the Republican nomination for mayor by two votes through Friday’s counting of absentee ballots and a review of write-in votes. But the winner of the Republican nomination for Greenfield Township supervisor has changed, the latest unofficial results show.

LeeAnn Lightner, 3668 Pine Hollow Road, Claysburg, won the party’s nomination to run for Greenfield Township supervisor with 105 votes.

On Tuesday night, results showed Glenn Wenzel, 134 Boiling Springs Extension, Imler, one vote ahead with 102 votes to Lightner’s 101. But during Friday’s review, Lightner received four additional votes from absentee ballots, so she has won the nomination, Blair County Elections Director Sarah Seymour said Friday.

“I was surprised, but I’m very, very pleased,” Lightner said. “You’re never really sure how these things are going to go, and you don’t want to get your hopes up. But I feel good about it.”

In the fall, Lightner will be up against Democratic party nominee James Betar, 399 Bedford St., Claysburg, for the six-year seat on the supervisor’s board.

In the Hollidaysburg mayor’s race, Stultz, 1015 Walnut St., had a 20-vote margin on Tuesday night for the Republican nomination over incumbent Mayor Joe Dodson, 522 Wayne St., when unofficial totals showed a vote of 431-411.

During Friday’s review of 48 absentee ballots applicable to Hollidaysburg races, Dodson picked up 33 votes to end with 444. Stultz picked up 15 votes from absentee ballots and ended with 446.

Stultz also won the Democratic nomination, Seymour said. Posted results show Stultz with 86 write-in votes to Dodson’s 65 write-in votes.

Friday’s review also showed another contest decided by two votes.

In Tyrone Township, Michael Luther, 546 Hobbit Hollow Road, sought and won the Republican nomination for a six-year supervisor seat. On election night, Luther had 110 votes, four more than his opponent, Raymond H. Paul Jr., 3888 Kettle Road. But on Friday, Paul picked up two absentee votes so he finished with 108. In the fall, Luther will be up against Gary P. Garofoli who won the Democratic nomination.

Friday’s review also show Charlie Mills of Tyrone received 42 write-in ballots to win the Democratic nomination for mayor. He will be up against Bill Fink, 401 Washington Ave., who won the Republican nomination and came in second on the Democratic ballot, with 39 write-in votes.

Blair County’s election numbers will remain unofficial at least through Wednesday, the last day for the receipt of one outstanding military ballot the county elections office provided.

Results can be reviewed at www.blairco.org.