Un­con­tested races set in Jenk­in­town

The Globe - - LETTERS - By Jar­reau Free­man

When vot­ers hit t he polls jay 21 f or t he pri­mary elec­tion t hey will f i nd un­con­tested r aces f or t he six Jenk­in­town Coun­cil seats and f our school board di­rec­tor seats up f or elec­tion t his year.

fn Jenk­in­town Bor­ough, Demo­cratic i ncum­bents jatthew Boutcher and De­borra Sines- Pan­coe will cont end f or t he t wo open seats i n Ward 1 and Chris­tian Soltiysiak is vy­ing f or t he open seat i n Ward 2.

cel­low i ncum­bents Richard Bunker, who was r ecently ap­pointed to t he board and now must r un in t he elect i on, along with i ncum­bent hi­eran carr ell, will con­tend f or t he t wo open seats in Ward 3 and will also be on t he Demo­cratic bal­lot.

Demo­crat and new­comer Justin jixon, 4M, is vy­ing f or t he open seat i n Ward 4.

jixon said he i s r un­ning i n t he elec­tion be­cause he wants t o give back t o t he com­mu­nity, sup­port t he schools and help de­velop downt own Jenk­in­town.

“f want t o make sure we main­tain our i nfras­truc­ture,” he said. “f want t o make sure t he school dis­trict and bor­ough can col­lab­o­rate ef­fec­tively and f want to work to pro­mote new and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses.”

f ncum­bent Allyson Dobbs, who served on t he board f or eight years, will not be seeki ng r e- elec­tion. She said t hat her stint was suf­fi­cient and she is l ook­ing f or­ward to r econ­nect­ing with her f am­ily.

“f ’ m glad about t he f r i end­ships f ’ ve made on coun­cil,” she said. “jixon x who is r un­ning f or my seatz will be great. The t orch has been passed.”

ln t he school board, i ncum­bents jaya Cheek, Car­men Ezzo and Dou­glas joore, as well as new­comer Stephen Schaphorst cross- f i l ed — r un­ning on both t he Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic ball ots.

Schaphorst, who att ended Jenk­in­town schools and whose sons at­tended t he schools, said he has al­ways t aken an i nter­est in t he school board. f f elected, he said he r eally wants t o f ocus his at­ten­tion on t he school dis­trict’s bud­get and help with i ssues t hat his back­ground as a soft­ware en­gi­neer may be of ser­vice.

f ncum­bent Patty Caster, who has served on t he board f or 12 years, will not be seeki ng r e- elec­tion. Caster said she’s en­joyed serv­ing on t he board, but t hat i t ’s t i me f or some­one else with new i deas t o have a t urn.

“kow t hat my chil­dren are grown, f am also i nter­ested i n putt i ng my t i me and en­ergy i nto my art ca­reer,” she said. “f n ad­di­tion, f am bat­tling can­cer and need my t i me and en­ergy to meet t his chal­lenge.”

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