Carnicella, Hunt top GOP contenders for commissioners

Cambria County

With all 125 precincts reporting in late Tuesday, unofficial results in the Cambria commissioners race show Republicans Jerry Carnicella and Scott Hunt will run against Democratic incumbents William “BJ” Smith and Thomas Chernisky.

Carnicella received nearly 24 percent of the vote (3,774) followed by Hunt with 17.7 percent (2,911 votes), Paul Seitz with 17.7 percent (2,909), Karen Esaias with 17.6 percent (2,896), Howard Terndrup received 14.1 percent (2,312) and Raymond Guzic 9.6 percent (1,581).

At 11 p.m. with 117 precincts counted, Seitz said he was “cautiously optimistic” about his chances of landing on the November ballot but hesitated to declare victory with eight large precincts still to be counted.

With six Republican candidates vying for two slots in November, Seitz said, “It was a long, had but very cordial campaign, and I want to thank all my volunteers, the poll workers and everyone who supported me. I’m hopefully moving on to November.”

In the district attorney race, Greg Neugebauer, former assistant district attorney, captured 68.9 percent to lead Tom Leiden, who had 30.7 percent. This means Neugebauer will face off against Democratic incumbent Kelly Callihan, who ran unopposed.

In the race for coroner, Democrat Jeffrey Lees ran unopposed and will be challenged by Frank Duca, who captured 50.5 percent of the Republican vote over Gregory Jones.

For the Cambria Heights School Board, only Region 3 was contested with Thomas Bearer Jr. defeating Nancy Weaver-Behe on both Democratic and Republican ballots.

Russell Miller and Brent Lewis capturing the two nominations on each ballot for Region 1.

In Region 2, Susan M. Sibert and Jerry Brant were unopposed for the Democratic nominations. Sibert was the only candidate on the Republican side.

In Central Cambria, Region 2 each party was picking two nominees for the ballot ballot. On the Democratic ballot Chuck Gironda and Thomas A. Woods captured nominations by both parties. Jeremy Wilson finished third on both tickets.

Mirror staff writer Patt Keith is at 949-7030.

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