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Lynn Herman, Eric Bernier, Carla Stilson earn seats on College Township Council

Republican Lynn Herman and Democrats Eric Bernier and Carla Stilson have secured seats on the Township Council, according to unofficial county results Tuesday night.

Herman received 710 votes, or 34 percent, and Bernier 749 votes, or 36 percent, to take the two available four-year terms on the council. Steve Lyncha, who serves on the Planning Commission, received 588 votes, or 28 percent.

Herman also ran for an available two-year term, receiving 536 votes (43 percent) to Stilson’s winning 716 votes (57 percent).

Had Herman won both seats, he would have chosen one of them and the council would have been tasked with appointing someone to the empty seat.

Bernier said he’s very pleased and didn’t have a chance to stump at the polls, due to a full day at work for the Centre Area Transportation Authority.

“I’m particularly pleased and somewhat surprised because I did not have the time to do any traditional campaigning,” he said. “I’m really happy.”

Stilson didn’t return a message for comment, but was in touch with Bernier as results came in Tuesday night, he said.

“I’m just delighted to serve the residents of College Township,” said Herman, a former state representative.

Likely the biggest issue council members will face immediately is the ongoing discussion over how to rezone the site of the former Hilltop Mobile Home Park. The original request for higher-density residential was rejected this summer, and a second, lower-density residential mix made it to a scheduled public hearing before the council canceled it.

Now, members will consider a request from the property owners for a mix of residential, commercial and open space districts.