Almost 22,000 alumni vote so far in Penn State board of trustees election

mdawson@centredaily.comApril 18, 2013 

Turnout in the heated Penn State trustees election is continuing at a strong clip.

The university is reporting that 21,930 alumni have voted as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. That follows a strong showing of 9,226 alumni who voted during the first day of the election on April 10.

In the race, 39 candidates are vying for three seats. Two of the candidates, Rudy Glocker and Ben Novak, have withdrawn and are asking voters to support candidates supported by the grassroots organization Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship.

The vote total is almost likely higher, as each voter can choose three candidates on the ballot.

The numbers reported Wednesday suggest an interest in the trustees’ race and are comparable with numbers last year this time: By April 19, 2012, more than 19,700 had voted.

Last year’s race shattered the record for the number of voters, with more than 37,500 alumni casting ballots.

This year’s race features the two incumbents, local orthopedic surgeon Paul Suhey and Glenmoore lawyer Stephanie Deviney, trying to fend off stiff challenges from a field that includes Nittany Lion lettermen, lawyers, accountants, the top two runners-up from last year’s race, among others.

Voting ends at 9 a.m. May 2, and the results will be announced May 3 at the trustees meeting at the University Park campus.

The winners take office effective July 1 and will be sworn in when the board meets at the branch campus near Uniontown in Fayette County.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT.

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