Wait – there’s an election? Not a lot of foot traffic at the polls during this year’s primary election

By on May 22, 2013



, Staff Writer

Tuesdays primary elections were at a record low as polls remained quiet and virtually unattended. It may may have been a lack of contested races that kept voters away, but residents will notice some changes on the ballots in November.

George DiIlio chose not to re-run on Ephrata Borough Council after he served for two years and 10 months. He was replaced by democrat Tim Barr, who represents the third ward.

"I never had any intention of being a long-time council member," said DiIlio. "But I did want to work hard, be serious about the borough’s work, and make a difference. I am also serving on the Borough Shade Tree Commission, which has taken up quite a bit of my time lately. I’d like to continue to focus on the Shade Tree Commission’s work, since I believe we have a long way to go in increasing the borough’s tree canopy."

Barr, who was endorsed by the democratic party, was born and raised in Ephrata and graduated in the 1975 class at Ephrata High School. He served six years in the Navy and currently works for PennDOT. He would like to see the borough use electricity more efficiently and replace some of the lights with LED conversion kits. He would also like to see council meetings go a bit quicker.

"I’m not running to be political," quipped Barr. "I’m running to help Ephrata."

"I’ve known Tim for a number of years and find him to be a local guy who has a passion to improve his community," said DiIlio of of Barr. "I think he would make a great addition to borough council."

Ralph Mowen will remain on the republican ticket for mayor. Incumbents Thomas Reinhold and Susan Rowe will also run for another term.

John McBeth remains in the Akron mayor’s seat as well as council members Perry Lorah, Justin Gehman and Thomas Murray. Steven Weisbrod defeated George Darby and Marlyn Jefferson in Tuesdays primaries for Akron council.

Republican school board members Robert Miller, Timothy Stayer, Jennifer Miller, and Glenn Martin will continue to serve and newcomer Suzanne Delahunt will run on the democratic ticket. Delahunt to cross file but was unsuccessful.

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