2009-10-31 / News

Mayor, council races highlight ballot in Cameron County

Races for Emporium Mayor, seats on Borough Council and Shippen Township supervisor will highlight balloting in Cameron County during Tuesday’s Municipal Election.

Polls will open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. Most candidates are unopposed, including Sheriff Alan S. Neyman and Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay, both Republicans; Democrat Basil A. Buchanan, running for mayor of Driftwood Borough; and candidates seeking township supervisor, judge of election or inspector of election posts in the municipalities. Many of those spots remain open on the ballots, with no candidates running.

Long-time Emporium Mayor Bruno A. Carnovale, a Republican, is challenged by Democratic nominee Richard Balizet.

Another Emporium contest is the four-way race for three Borough Council seats. Voters in the East, Middle and West wards will be asked to choose three candidates from the field which includes incumbents James “Pat” Garrigan, a Democrat; Republican incumbents LuAnn Reed, L. Maxwell Narby and newcomer Patrick Vogt, a Republican.

Shippen Township will see a contest for a four-year supervisor’s seat, between Republican incumbent Larry Ramsey and Democratic challenger Nicholas Botera.

Candidates for Cameron County school director are all unopposed. They include Robert “Speedy” Lininger and Michele Rodich, both Republicans, for fouryear terms; Republican Daryl Robert Richardson for a two-year term; David “Scoop” McManigle, a Republican, representing Driftwood Borough, Gibson, Grove, Portage and East Shippen townships; Republican Dale M. Lewis, Region II (Emporium Borough, East Ward and West Shippen Township); and Kristine Umble, Republican, (Region I, Middle and West wards).

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