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Incumbents lead Tuscarora school race

May 20, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

MERCERSBURG. Pa. -- Incumbents Donnie Piper and Larry Funk along with Harold Hunsberger were leading the field in the race for seats on the Tuscarora School Board with all precincts reporting in Tuesday's primary election.

Republicans also selected Erich Hawbaker for the Nov. 3 municipal election, while Jon Heebner was in the top four among Democratic voters. Hawbaker was the top vote-getter among Republicans, according to unofficial results.

Five seats are open on the board, one of which is a two-year term currently held by Kenneth Nolen. The top four vote-getters in each party will advance to the general election.

Three of the five incumbents up for re-election did not file for the primary.

Incumbents Jane Rice, Janice Hawbaker and Kenneth Nolen did not petition for re-election and will see their tenure expire this year.

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Nolen, a federal employee, was prohibited from running for a term on the board by the federal Hatch Act.

Tom Black was the only candidate registered on both ballots for the open two-year term currently held by Nolen.

Voters cast 17 write-in votes against Black, who received 706 Republican and 238 Democratic votes.

Ten write-in votes were received for the four, four-year terms, however, the election board will take until at least Friday to announce the results of the write-in ballots.

The school district made headlines in 2008 when its contract negotiations prompted teachers to strike and its $35 million referendum question to repair was voted down by voters.

The winning candidates will take office Jan. 1, 2010.

School board directors are not paid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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