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Williamsport mayor wins fifth term

March 05, 2001

Williamsport mayor wins fifth term



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY

andreabh@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Mayor John W. Slayman was elected to a fifth term in office Monday after a heated race against former Councilman Earle R. Pereschuk Sr., who forfeited his council seat last month to run against the longtime mayor.

"I guess it was not the Lord's will for me to have it this time," Pereschuk said.

A 52-vote margin separated the two candidates, with Slayman receiving 167 votes and Pereschuk getting 115 votes.

"I'm glad it's over," said Slayman, 68. "Now we've got to work together as a community to keep moving forward."

In unchallenged races, 285 of Williamsport's 1,202 registered voters who turned out at the polls also elected three-term Councilman Walter W. Tracy Jr. to replace Assistant Mayor James M. Black, and incumbent Councilwoman Roxann Long and newcomer James G. McCleaf to fill the town's two open council seats.

Black couldn't run for re-election because he has moved outside the town limits.

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"I just hope to continue doing things to improve the town and give taxpayers the best bang for their buck," said Tracy, 51, who received 203 votes.

McCleaf, 30, was elected to fill Tracy's open council seat with 206 votes. Long, 33, garnered 208 votes to win her second term on the council.

"I want to thank everyone for battling the cold to come out to vote today," she said. "We did good."

McCleaf, an employee at Hopewell Manufacturing, wasn't available to comment on the win because he was out of town.

Pereschuk, 48, thanked those who voted for him and promised to address the issues on his campaign platform by attending monthly Town Council meetings.

"I think I owe it to the citizens to do that," he said.

The Town Council will soon appoint someone to serve the remaining two years of Pereschuk's term, Slayman said.

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