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Breaking down the municipal races in Centre County

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file nomination petitions for the May 19 municipal primary election. The open seats and races break down as follows:

Bellefonte

Four seats are open on the Borough Council. In the primary, President Frank Halderman will face Joanne Tosti-Vasey on the Democratic ticket for the West Ward. Republican incumbent Brian Walker will face Democrat Douglas Johnson for the North Ward in November, while incumbents Renee Brown, a Republican, and Karen Harvey, a Democrat, are seeking two seats for the South Ward.

Evan Duffey is running unopposed for constable.

Benner Township

Vice Chairman Randy Moyer is unopposed in seeking his supervisor seat.

Boggs Township

Vice Chairman David Veneziano II is unopposed in seeking his supervisor seat. Sharon Yangula is seeking tax collector.

Burnside Township

Chairman Jayson Harter and Supervisor Donald Lucas are unopposed in seeking their seats.

Centre Hall

Four seats are open on the Borough Council. Incumbents Norma Crater, Lynn Dutrow and Christine Cooper are unopposed in seeking their seats. Patricia Krisch is unopposed in seeking the fourth seat on the Republican ticket.

College Township

Three seats are open on the township council. Incumbents Rich Francke and Carla Stilson are unopposed in seeking their seats. One seat remains open.

Curtin Township

Supervisor Jeffrey Harter is unopposed in seeking his seat. Donna Miller is unopposed in seeking auditor.

Ferguson Township

Three seats are open on the Board of Supervisors. Chairman Dick Mascolo and Vice Chairman Drew Clemson are unopposed in seeking their seats. A seat for the 2nd Ward remains open.

Gregg Township

Vice Chairman Douglas Bierly will face James Smith on the Republican ticket in the primary.

Haines Township

Chairman Daryl Schafer, a Republican, will face Democrat Erin Barto in November.

Halfmoon Township

One seat is open on the Board of Supervisors. Danielle Delcorso is unopposed in seeking the seat on the Democratic ticket. Supervisor Ben Pisoni is not seeking another term.

Raymond Ceglar II is seeking constable.

Harris Township

Three seats are open on the Board of Supervisors — two six-year seats, and one four-year seat that was vacated by former supervisor Christopher Lee.

Frank Harden is seeking the four-year and a six-year seat on the Republican ticket, and will automatically move to the November election. On the Democratic ticket, incumbent Dennis Hameister is seeking a six-year seat, as are Christopher Gamble and newly appointed supervisor Bruce Lord. Gamble and Lord are also seeking the four-year seat.

The top vote-getter for the four-year seat and the top two vote-getters for the six-year seats on the Democratic ticket in the primary will move on to the November election.

Howard Borough

Four seats are open on the council — one two-year seat and three four-year seats.

On the Republican ticket, incumbent Irvin Hoy is seeking the two-year seat, and will move on to the November election. Danny Cain and incumbent John Gribble are seeking four-year seats.

On the Democratic ticket, incumbents Andrew Kotzur and Scott Bowes along with Richard McAulay are seeking the four-year seats.

The top three vote-getters for the four-year seats will move on to the November election.

Howard Township

Vice Chairman Emanuel Yoder will face Glenn Hackett Jr. on the Republican ticket in the primary.

Huston Township

Jane Jones is seeking auditor.

Liberty Township

Supervisor Stephen Fickes is unopposed in seeking his seat. Matthew Winslow is seeking constable.

Marion Township

One seat is open on the Board of Supervisors. Chairman Ken Roan withdrew his submission.

Milesburg

Incumbents William Allison, Paul Bartley, James Reigh and Paul Packer are unopposed in seeking their seats.

Millheim

Three seats are open on the Borough Council. President John Ilgen and Councilwoman Marlene Corl along with David Sprowls are running on the Republican ticket. Vice President Leslie Clark-Warriner and Joshua McCracken are running on the Democratic ticket.

All will move on to the November election, with the top three vote-getters gaining the seats.

Patton Township

One seat is open on the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Bryce Boyer won’t be seeking another term.

Ronald Quinn Jr. is seeking constable.

Penn Township

One seat is open on the Board of Supervisors. Dean Smith is seeking the seat on the Republican ticket. Chairman Warren Sasserman is not seeking another term.

Devra Wolfe and Donna Martin are seeking separate auditor terms.

Potter Township

Supervisor Karl Eysenbach is unopposed in seeking his seat. Darla Zaffuto is seeking constable.

Rush Township

Republican Pat Romano Jr. will face Democrat Jim Verbeck in November. Chairman Patrick Couturiaux is not seeking another term.

Timothy Wills is seeking constable.

Snow Shoe Borough

Five seats are open on council — four four-year seats and one two-year seat. Incumbents Donald Hall, Sandra Reiter and Vice President Kevin Etters are all seeking their seats. The two-year seat remains open.

Snow Shoe Township

Vice Chairman John Yecina, a Democrat, will face Dorothy Cramer, a Republican, in November. Republican Beth Lanager Watson will face Democrat Tara Guenot for tax collector in November.

Spring Township

Vice Chairman Dave Capperella is unopposed in seeking his seat. Marsha Shawver is seeking constable.

State College

Four seats are open on the Borough Council. Ron Madrid will automatically go on to the November election on the Republican ticket.

Five residents are seeking seats on the Democratic ticket — incumbent Cathy Dauler, Jesse Barlow, David Stone, Janet Engeman and David Brown. The top four vote-getters in the primary will go on to the November election.

Taylor Township

One seat is open on the Board of Supervisors. William McClain is unopposed in seeking the seat on the Republican ticket.

Union Township

Two seats are open on the Board of Supervisors. Incumbents Donald Snyder Jr. and Vice Chairman Charles Hall are unopposed in seeking their seats.

Bonnie Fisher is seeking auditor. Michael Bennett is seeking constable.

Unionville

Five seats are open on the council — four four-year seats and one two-year seat.

Incumbents Fred Ream, Gary Dean and Vice President Alisha Barton are all unopposed in seeking four-year seats. One four-year seat and the two-year seat remain open.

Walker Township

Incumbent Brian Saiers, a Republican, will face Keith Harter, a Democrat, in the November election. Benjamin Haagan is seeking auditor, and James Millinder is seeking constable.

Worth Township

Jeffrey Chiston is seeking constable

Bald Eagle Area School District

Five seats are open on the school board — one from the Mountaintop region, two from the West Bald Eagle region and two from the East Bald Eagle region.

Susan Butterworth is running in the Mountaintop region, Theresa Peters and Tawna Smith are running in the West Bald Eagle region, and President Tom Letterman and Richard Watters are running in the East Bald Eagle region. All are incumbents.

Bellefonte Area School District

Five seats are open on the school board. Robert Pacella, Daniel Miltenberger, John Elnitski Jr., Kimberly Hearn, and incumbents Hope Boylston and Bob Lumley-Sapanski have cross-filed. Gregory Overturf has filed as a Democrat.

The top five vote-getters on the Republican ticket and Democratic ticket will go on to the November election.

President Jenna Moorehead and Richard Steele are not seeking another term.

Penns Valley Area School District

Incumbents Carl Gaffron, Jeff Hyde, Kerri Kubalak, B.T. Schwier and Vice President Melissa Krum are unopposed in seeking their seats.

Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District

Three seats are open on the school board — one District 1 seat, one District 2 seat and one District 4 seat.

Todd Jeffries is unopposed in seeking his seat in District 2.

State College Area School District

Five seats are open on the board of school directors.

Incumbents Laurel Zydney and President Amber Concepcion are unopposed in seeking their seats. Gretchen Brandt, Daniel Duffy and Amy Bader have cross-filed and are unopposed in seeking the remaining three seats.

Jim Pawelczyk, Dorothea Stahl and Ann McGlaughlin are not seeking another term.


There are 106,711 registered voters, according to the Centre County elections office. Republican voters total 41,444; Democrat voters total 43,192; and unaffiliated total 18,762.

April 20 is the last day to register before the primary. Only voters registered as Republican or Democrat may vote in the primary.

Following the primary, other party nominees have until Aug. 3 to circulate and file nomination papers. The municipal election is slated for Nov. 3.

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