Primary races take shape

BY STACI WILSON

Municipal primary races are starting to take shape.
County Sheriff Lance Benedict and Prothonotary Susan Eddleston are both running for reelection on the Republican ballot with no opposition in the primary and no candidate filing to run against either of them on the Democratic ballot.
But there are some hotly contested seats up for election this year, including supervisor, tax collector and school director seats.
In the Choconut Twp. supervisor’s race, Republican incumbent William Dovin will face two challengers on the GOP ballot in May. Wayne Gittoes and Jan Myczewski are both seeking to unseat Dovin from the six-year position.
Liberty Twp.’s incumbent supervisor Ted Plevinsky (R) faces a challenge from Alton Wilber.
Susan Rowe, the Oakland Twp. Democratic incumbent who was appointed to serve as a supervisor faces no opposition on the primary ballot.
But two people are vying for the slot on the Republican ticket. Steven Furness Sr. and Richard Grausgruber are seeking the GOP nomination in the primary.
Ararat Twp. incumbent tax collector Richard Cottrell faces a primary challenge from Nicole Stone on the Republican ballot.
Incumbent Lenox Twp. tax collector Christine Henke (R) faces a challenge from Dorothy Wallace.
And in the Montrose borough tax collector race, Elizabeth O’Malley is challenging longtime GOP incumbent David Colwell in the primary.
Several incumbent school directors also face primary challenges.
Jack Sible is taking on incumbent Diane Ives for the Elk Lake Region 2 seat.
And in the Mountain View district, incumbent Elwood Williams faces a challenge from Jason Casselbury for the Region 3B seat; incumbent Dava Rinehart-Cowan is being challenged by Jason Richmond in the Region 3A race.
The casting of lots to determine position on the ballot is scheduled to be held today, Wednesday, March 20 in the county courthouse.