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Candidates secure spots on Centre County ballots

The retirements of two Centre County row officers have added a few new names to the list of candidates slated for May 19’s primary election.

Tuesday was the deadline to file nomination petitions.

The unofficial candidate list produced by the county elections office at 5 p.m. Tuesday shows who has filed for countywide offices, district judge, borough and township councils and boards, and school board positions.

Both Sheriff Denny Nau and Register of Wills Kimberly Barton will step down from their respective positions when their terms end later this year. Nau has served as sheriff for 24 years, while Barton has worked in the register’s office for 37 years.

Two candidates filed to run on the Republican ballot for sheriff: Bryan Sampsel and Richard Swank. The top vote-getter in the primary will run against Democratic candidate Matthew Rickard in November.

Chief deputy register Christine Millinder and jury commissioner Hope Miller are both seeking the Republican nomination for register of wills. The top vote-getter will run against Democratic candidate Amanda McCartney.

Four candidates have filed to run for county commissioner: Republican incumbents Steve Dershem and Chris Exarchos, Democratic incumbent Michael Pipe and Democratic newcomer Mark Higgins. The top three vote-getters in November will be elected.

Incumbent Republican Joseph Davidson will face Democrat Georgiann Bennet for recorder of deeds come November.

The following incumbent candidates will run unopposed: controller Charles Witmer, prothonotary Debra Immel, treasurer Richard Fornicola and coroner Scott Sayers.

District Judge Thomas Jordan filed on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, facing opponents LeDon Young and Melissa Krum, who have filed as Democratic candidates.

Only those registered with a political party may vote for candidates in that party in a Pennsylvania primary and have until April 20 to register. Candidates have until March 25 to withdraw.

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