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Incumbents fare well in Howard Township race

Published 9:05am Thursday, August 7, 2014

The incumbents came out on top in the race for two open seats on the Howard Township Board of Trustees.

Ashley Wentz secured the most votes — 217 — on the Republican side during Tuesday’s primary election.

Debbie Johnson received the most votes — 84 — on the Democratic ticket.

Both Wentz and Johnson were appointed to the township’s board of trustees earlier this year to fill vacant seats.

“I was surprised and I felt very grateful that my residents believed in me enough to cast that many votes in my favor,” said Wentz.

“I was really happy and relieved to see the results, although I was disappointed that more Democrats didn’t get out and vote,” said Johnson.

Wentz and Johnson aren’t the only ones advancing to the November election in the race for Howard Township Trustee.

Republican Mike Daly (176 votes) and Democrat Michael Gordon (65 votes) are both moving on as they finished second in the votes for their respective political parties.

Republican Mike Richmond (152 votes) and Democrat Dennis Patterson (47 votes) were eliminated.

There were three candidates in each party and residents could vote for a maximum of two from each party.

Republican Craig Bradfield and Democrat Ron Fazi both ran unopposed in the primary in the race for Howard Township Supervisor.

In Bertrand Township, incumbent Steve Hicks defeated three Republican opponents to retain the Supervisor seat he was appointed to in 2013.

Hicks received 213 votes, while Mike Gillette had 172, Bill Givens 88 and Jeff Wieczorek six.

In the race for the Republican bid for Bertrand Township Treasurer, incumbent David Kuhn defeated opponent Melissa Karl 256 to 209.

Stephen LeClaire secured the Republican nod for Bertrand Township Trustee by topping incumbent Scott Pastryk 242 to 230 in the township’s closest race. Pastryk was appointed to the seat in 2013.

No Democrats filed to run in the three races in Bertrand Township, giving each Republican candidate a good chance to win in November.

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