Indiana Area School District voters elected four freshmen directors and returned one incumbent to the school board in the general election Tuesday.
Newcomers Deborah Clawson, John Uccellini, Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro and John Barbor, and incumbent Diana Paccapaniccia, were all elected to the board. Incumbent Walter Schroth finished last in a five-way race for the four seats.
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In Indiana Borough, Richard Thorell, a Republican, will return for a third term in the Third Ward after leading five candidates. Council President Nancy Jones, a Democrat, also retained her seat in the Third Ward. Write-in candidates Jennifer Gonda-English, a Republican, and Democrat Taralyn Federoff finished ahead of Republican Matthew Gaudet, who was on the ballot.
In the Second Ward, incumbent Robert Jobe Jr., a Republican, lost his bid for re-election to challenger Donald Lancaster, a Democrat. Gerald Smith, a Democrat who won nominations from both parties in the spring and was appointed to council in the summer to fill a vacancy, finished first among the three candidates in the Second Ward and won the other four-year seat.
In a race for a two-year term in the Second Ward, Democrat Larry DeChurch retained his seat by defeating Republican challenger Brett Johns.
In two non-contested races, Democrat Katherine “Kitty” Shryock Hood was elected to a four-year term representing the First Ward, and Fourth Ward councilwoman Julie Adcock, a Democrat, won a four-year term.
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Voters returned Democratic incumbent Sandra Kirkland to the Indiana County Treasurer's office on Tuesday.
Kirkland defeated Republican challenger Helen Clark, taking nearly 58 percent of the vote.
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For White Township tax collector, Jeffrey Mack bested Barbara Levine, winning in all seven precincts.
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