GOP field for Tyrone council narrowed

Snyder, Dane and Poust advance to general election

One incumbent and two challengers advanced to the general election for Tyrone Borough Council, as an incumbent and a challenger fell short in Tuesday’s Republican primary, based on unofficial numbers.

Councilman David Snyder led with 523 votes, followed by Sarah Dane with 424 and Rob Poust with 346, so, in November, they’ll face the three Democratic candidates who ran unopposed in that party’s primary.

Councilwoman Sarah Jane Miller, with 256 votes, and Homer Kann, with 244, aren’t moving on from Tuesday’s Republican contest.

“It’s always nice to know if the people in general like what you’re doing,” said Snyder Wednesday.

Snyder joined council in 2017 as an appointee for a member who had to resign because she moved out of the borough. Snyder then won the seat by election that year.

Having served on council and having cooperated in the allocation of “enrichment” funds and in the rehabilitation of the Ninth Street Bridge, he has been “falling in love with the town on a deeper level,” he said.

He wants to be able to continue to work on such projects, “to see things through,” he said.

Dane, who owns a photography business, is running “to have more of an impact,” she said.

Post-COVID-19, people are eager to experience community events, and she’d like to be part of making more of those happen, she said.

She wants to be the kind of person who puts their weight behind their convictions, and being on council is a way to do that, she said.

She was a little surprised that she made it out of the primary field, having only gotten the idea for running from Councilwoman Tammy Wills, who encouraged her at a community meeting.

Now she’ll be on the

ballot in November against

Wills, one of the Democratic candidates.

Dane doesn’t see it as competitive, however.

“We all want each other to succeed,” she said. “Whatever happens, happens.”

Poust, co-owner with his wife of a coffeehouse-tap room and also a construction contractor, wants “to help guide (Tyrone) in the right direction as we advance,” he said.

He and his wife moved to the borough four years ago from State College, and since then, he’s joined a variety of community committees, he said.

In addition to Wills (145 votes), the Democrats who will be on the November ballot are Lavender Capenos-Paolucci (105) and Kimberly Capenos (107).

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.


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