Write-in winners earn spots on ballot
● By Steven Hoffman
Now that all the write-in votes have been counted and the Primary Election results have been officially certified, the write-in winners from the various races in Chester County have been posted on the Chester County Department of Voter Services website.
Here’s a look at some of the southern Chester County races where write-in candidates earned a spot on the November ballot:
Democrats scored big in the Kennett Square Borough Council race where three seats are up for election. On the Republican side, no candidates filed in time to have their names on the ballot for the Primary Election. As a result, a large number of write-in votes were cast in this race. Once the votes were counted, council president Doug Doerfler, who had already secured a nomination on the Democratic side, received the highest number of write-in votes on the Republican side. Rosa Garza Moore and Lorenzo Merino also secured enough write-in votes to earn a spot on the November ballot.
In Kennett Consolidated School District’s Region B, where two seats are up for election, incumbent school board president Joseph Meola earned both the Democratic and Republican nominations so he should have a clear path to victory in November. David Kronenberg had previously earned the Democratic nomination, and he received enough write-in votes on the Republican side to lock up that nomination as well. Like Meola, Kronenberg appears to have a clear path to winning a seat on the Kennett School Board in November.
In Kennett Consolidated School District’s Region A, Ryan Bowers received enough write-in votes to win the Republican nomination. He had previously earned the Democratic nomination to fill this unexpired two-year term on the board.
Dr. Eric Owens won the nomination for a two-year unexpired term on the Oxford School Board on both the Republican and Democratic side. Owens, an incumbent who was selected to fill a vacancy on the board last year, now has a clear path to win the seat for the remaining two years.
In the at-large race for a seat on the Oxford School Board, Robert Tenga earned more than 600 write-in votes on the Republican side to secure a spot on the ballot for the November election.
In local board of supervisor races, Milt Rudy in Elk Township, Noel Roy in Lower Oxford Township, and Scott Rugen in Upper Oxford Township each received enough write-in votes to earn the Democratic nominations. Rudy and Rugen had already secured the Republican nominations.
In Penn Township, Ronald Hill received enough write-in votes on the Democratic side to secure a spot on the November ballot. There will now be two Republicans and two Democrats on the ballot, and the four candidates are vying for two seats on the board.
In East Marlborough Township, Kathryn Monahan secured enough write-in votes to earn the Democratic nomination for an unexpired two-year term on the township’s board of supervisors. She will face the Republican nominee in the November election.
Kristie Brodowski earned enough write-in votes on the Democratic side to earn a spot on the ballot as a supervisor candidate in New Garden Township. There will now be two Democrats challenging the two Republican incumbents for the two seats that are up for election this year.
In Avondale Borough, Robert McCue earned enough write-in votes on the Republican side to earn a spot on the ballot for the two-year unexpired term on borough council.
The general election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 7.