Write-in candidate apparently gets more votes than Waynesboro council incumbent

November 15, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Mike Cermak
Mike Cermak

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Waynesboro businessman Mike Cermak received 146 write-in votes in the Nov. 8 municipal election, according to unofficial election results.

The Franklin County Elections Board finished reviewing write-in votes late Monday. It found Cermak received 72 votes in precinct Waynesboro 1-1 and 74 votes in precinct Waynesboro 1-2 in his attempt to serve on the Waynesboro Borough Council.

A total of 171 write-in votes were cast in those two precincts.

Cermak, a building inspector, conducted a quiet campaign trying to oust Councilman Ronnie Martin from his seat for the next four years. Martin appeared on ballots and received 82 votes.

“This is an opportunity to look forward and move forward for the community,” Cermak said.

The elections board is in a period in which candidates can request recounts or consolidation of various spellings of their names, Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said.

Election results will not be made official and candidates like Cermak not certified as winners until after those matters are resolved, she said.

Cermak said he’s developing his goals for the position and wants to thank the voters. He said he appreciates the feedback he’s gotten from people in the past week.

“What I need is more information as far as what the community wants me to do,” he said. “I’m really looking for input from the community for what they want to see.”

Cermak, 66, has lived in the borough for 20 years, after previously living in Zullinger, Pa., and Chambersburg, Pa.

“I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’m looking forward to working to a beneficial end,” Cermak said.

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