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Incumbent may be unseated in Philipsburg-Osceola school board race

PHILIPSBURG A close race for Philipsburg-Osceola’s District 5 school board seat may see an incumbent unseated.

Penn State analyst Robert Massung challenged incumbent Mary Ellen Holden, a retired P-O elementary teacher, on both tickets in the primary. Each of them took one side of the ballot and reprised their fight in the general election. The election was even closer this time.

According to unofficial returns Tuesday night, Massung edged Holden by just two votes. But he is still waiting for the final gavel on the results.

“I’m treating it like a Pirates game,” he said. “I’ll find out what the score is in the morning.”

Holden came in on a slate of candidates that were opposing P-O’s prior administration on her first run.

Massung campaigned on the idea of more communication.

At the Sandy Ridge polling place Tuesday, he said that turnout was low but “voters seem interested.”

At the Rush West precinct, Holden agreed the voting was slow-going, but said it was “hard to tell how it’s going to turn out.”

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