Cambria re-elects two incumbents

Republican Hunt also joining commissioners

The two Democratic incumbent Cambria County Commissioners, Thomas C. Chernisky and William “BJ” Smith, will be joined by Republican Scott Hunt in January.

Chernisky received 31.1% (18,749) of the vote, Scott 25.2% (15,173), Smith 24.7% (14,588) and Jerry Carnicella 19% (11,417), according to unofficial totals.

“We’re excited the voters of Cambria County recognize the job we’ve done and that we’ve been fiscally responsible,” Chernisky said. “We worked together as a team and took care of our infrastructure. Our veterans office is No. 1 in the state in the number of claims processed. We work for the voters of Cambria County and are thankful that the voters recognized our hard work.”

Smith thanked supporters and said, “I think the voters made a great decision. We are better off than four years ago and will keep moving forward. We are looking forward to working with Mr. Hunt.”

Smith also recognized incumbent Mark Wissinger, who chose not to seek reelection.

“I want to thank Mark for working with us,” Smith said.

Hunt will join the two incumbents and has served as an Upper Yoder Township supervisor since 2008. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

As for Carnicella, he said he plans to continue to seek public office and will run against state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, for a second time. Burns won a sixth term in the 2018 election.

Carnicella said, “The corruption in both parties is just too much. But that doesn’t mean we stop trying to change. I enjoy helping people. I will run against Frank Burns this coming year, and we will reform the corrupt Republican Party next year. The fight for the people goes on, and I will keep calling them out. It’s not if you win or lose, but how you play the game. We don’t quit. We have a noble cause, and we’re proud of what we’re doing. … I enjoy standing up for the people.”


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