Metzgar, Jones top GOP primary in Logan
Joe Metzgar didn’t want any echoes of Thomas Dewey, the candidate prematurely declared a victor in the 1948 presidential election won by Harry Truman.
Metzgar, the only incumbent in the Republican primary race for Logan Township supervisor — featuring three candidates for two seats — visited about 450 homes during his campaign, not wishing to take his incumbency advantage for granted, he said Tuesday evening, after coming out on top, with 41 percent of the vote.
Retired Magisterial District Judge Patrick Jones finished second with 32 percent of the vote and will join Metzgar on the Republican ballot in the fall — where there will be no Democratic opposition, unless a write-in candidate emerges from the primary.
Township Planning Commission member Wesley Barnhart finished out of the running Tuesday with 25 percent of the Republican vote.
Metzgar went door-to-door “to let people know what I stood for,” despite his status as a veteran supervisor, he said.
During those visitations, he heard concerns that he was able to pass on to staff and compliments about the work the township is doing — but no negatives, he said.
“Most people are well-pleased,” he said.
Accordingly, he wants to help the township continue to offer its slate of services, while keeping taxes low and dealing with issues “as they come forward,” he said.
“I don’t have an agenda, except to help the township remain constant,” he stated.
He has worked hard to serve both Republican and Democratic constituents, he said.
As supervisor, Jones intends to reprise the approach he took as magisterial district judge when confronted with issues that went beyond his current knowledge.
“Research to find the facts,” he said.
He hopes to help keep the board “living within its means,” even as it keeps current with financial matters, to avoid problems caused by neglect or procrastination — such as those that have come to a head with school districts that failed to keep up with pension obligations and with Blair County, because of long-ago neglect of courthouse maintenance, he said.
Barnhart was accepting of defeat.
“It was my first try at public office,” he said. “It was a good experience.”
He liked meeting people and learning their concerns and would consider running for supervisor again, if the right opportunity arose.
He tried this time not because of a “personal agenda” or because any supervisor was “doing a bad job,” but because incumbent Ryan Rimbeck wasn’t running again, having recently moved to Florida, he said.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.