Romney wins locally; Fee earns 37th bid President of the U.S. Ephrata Area School District Democrat Barack Obama – 444 Republican Newt Gingrich – 362 Mitt Romney – 1,379 Ron Paul – 447 Rick Santorum – 624 Representative in the General Assembly District

By on April 25, 2012

By: MICHELLE REIFF AND WENDY KOMANCHECK Special to the Review, Staff Writer

For some voters it was business as usual for a primary with a presidential race. For others, it was a heated General Assembly race that drew their attention to Tuesday’s election.

Though voter turnout was low in area polls, in some locations only 10 percent reporting, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received the most votes statewide as expected. In the Ephrata and Cocalico school districts, Romney received the most votes, with 2,397, followed by Rick Santorum with 917, Ron Paul with 759 and Newt Gingrich, with 618. The GOP will decide if Romney gets the nomination when the chosen delegates attend and vote at the Republican National Convention in August.

But for voters in Adamstown, Denver and Clay, East and West Cocalico townships the race for the Republican nomination for representative in the 37th Legislative District of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly was the one everyone was talking about. Mindy Fee received the nomination, with 4,264 votes district-wide, beating Black’s 2,514 and Barry McFarland’s 521 .

Some voters believe the outcome was a result of mudslinging between candidates.

Black congratulated his campaign people on a job well done and denied any mudslinging.

"My parents always said, ‘You are who you hang out with,’" he said.

Jon Price, a Clay Township Democrat, didn’t think too much of the situation between Fee and Black. He said he’s seen worse during campaigns.

"They were introducing themselves," he said. "There are real issues to fight for in Harrisburg and Washington."

Marlin Harnish, a Republican from Clay-North, disagreed. He said that both candidates stood for the same thing and was torn between the two before he heard of the mudslinging.

"I didn’t like it at all," he said.

The three delegates who were elected to attend the National Convention for District 16 were: Michael Brubaker, Ann Womble and Robert Walker. The alternate delegates are Marilyn Schnee, John Lawrence and Ethan Demme.

The District 16 delegates chosen for the Democratic National Convention are Harriet Smith, Mike Sturla, Sally Lyall, J. Richard Gray and Vaughn Spencer.

In other contested races, Sam Rohrer secured the most votes of Republican candidates for U.S. senator and Bob Casey Jr. for the Democrats locally; however, Tom Smith won statewide. For attorney general the top vote getter was Kathleen Kane for the Democratic party both statewide and locally; David Freed was the sole Republican on the ballot. Frank Pinto and John Maher battled for the Republican nomination for auditor general to go up against Eugene DePasquale this fall, with Maher obtaining the higher number of votes both locally and statewide.

There were many uncontested races during this primary. For state treasurer Republican Diana Irey Vaughan was the sole Republican candidate and Robert McCord, Democrat. In Congress District 16, Aryanna Strader ran unopposed on the Democrat ballot with incumbent Joseph Pitts on the Republican side. In the race for representative for the General Assembly District 99, Republican Gordon Denlinger is the sole candidate, with no one running on the Democratic side.

Voters were able to vote for one man and one woman for seats on the Republican Committee.

Candidates elected to serve on the Ephrata Republican Committee include: Akron Borough-East — Lloyd Zeiset and Lorna Ravegum; Akron Borough-West — Glen Beiler Jr. and Hope Stayer; Ephrata Borough-First Ward – William Ives and Lois Eaby; Ephrata Borough-Second Ward — Melvin Weiler; Ephrata Borough-Third Ward — A. Anthony Kilkuskie and Nancy Fay Clark; Ephrata Borough-Fourth Ward — Chad Weaver and Jolene Weaver; Clay Township-North — P. Thomas Zeager and Janice Breneman; Clay Township-South — Chad Stauffer; Ephrata Township-Lincoln — Robert Landis; and Ephrata Township-Murrell — J. Tyler Zerbe and Marjorie Hornberger.

Members elected to the Cocalico Republican Committee are: Adamstown Borough — Henry Kloiber and Alecia Kloiber; Denver Borough — Rodney Redcay and Susan Dissinger; East Cocalico Township-Smokestown — Daniel Burton Jr. and Margaret High; East Cocalico-Swartzville – Michael McGee and Seeran Eve Mizii; East Cocalico-Reamstown — Barry and Betty Weaver; West Cocalico Township-Reinholds — Terry Bergman and Karen Laudenslager; and West Cocalico-Schoeneck — Leon and Elsie Eby.

The East Cocalico Township-Stevens District seat is vacant, with no candidates on the ballot, as are the woman’s seats for Clay Township South and Ephrata Township-Lincoln. Any write-in votes during elections are tabulated and winners determined at a later date.

This spring was a primary of firsts, both county and statewide.

It is the first year for a sample ballot to be placed on the Lancaster County election website. The public was able to view choices the same way they would view them in the voting booth. In addition to being able to view the sample ballot online, poll workers had a printout of the sample ballot ready as they greeted residents, ready to answer questions if asked.

This week on a statewide level, poll workers began their preview of the new photo ID requirement to be enacted in the November election. Poll workers began checking IDs for the primary, but this was the last election voters were not required to show them.

Starting this November, all voters will be required to show a photo ID before voting at a polling place. All photo IDs must be current and contain an expiration date, unless noted otherwise.

Deb Falek, judge of elections at Clay Township-North, said that everyone brought their photo IDs with them. Pink slips were available reminding voters that they will be required to show IDs for the November election.

Anyone who does not have a photo ID or is unable to obtain one without payment of a fee may cast a provisional ballot and will have six days to provide a photo ID an/or an affirmation to the county elections office to have a ballot count. For more information, visit votespa.com or call (877) 868-3772. Residents stepped inside

the voting booth yesterday.

Here’s a list of the results… RESULTS More ELECTION, page A6

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