Challenger knocks off two-term incumbent in Benner Township Board of Supervisors race

Taking just nine more votes than his opponent, challenger Mark Capriani was elected to the Benner Township Board of Supervisors, unseating incumbent John Elnitski Jr.

Capriani received 50.63 percent of the vote, with 361 votes compared to Elnitski’s 49.37 percent with 352 votes, according to unofficial results Tuesday. There was a 24.44 percent turnout in the township’s north precinct and a 28.07 percent turnout in the south precinct.

In his first term, Capriani would like to try to attract more businesses to the township by lowering some of the zoning regulations.

“The main thing that got me in the race is I think the rules in Benner Township are a little bit restrictive,” he said before the election.

Capriani previously served on the Benner Township board of auditors and works as an independent business consultant.